|No. 2 North Carolina A&T Advances With 67-50 Win over No. 7 Florida A&M||< All News|
|Wednesday, March 9, 2016|
NORFOLK, Va.– Aprill McRae nearly recorded a double-double on Wednesday as No. 2 seed North Carolina A&T pulled away late for a 67-50 win over No. 7 seed Florida A&M in quarterfinal women’s action at Norfolk Scope Arena.
The Aggies (17-11) advance to Friday’s semifinal against the Howard-Hampton winner.
McRae, a Second Team All-MEAC selection, finished with 16 points and nine rebounds, going 6-of-12 from the floor and hitting four of his six free throws. Kala Green added 13 points for the Aggies, who shot 38.4-percent (28-of-73) from the floor and held a 42-41 rebounding edge.
The Aggies led 34-26 at the half and held a 48-38 lead after three quarters – despite the Rattlers (16-15) having numerous opportunities to cut the gap. But the shots weren’t falling, and as the third quarter rolled into the fourth, the Aggies went on a 12-5 run.
That run ended with a layup from Quenswayla Story that put N.C. A&T up 60-43 with 3:15 left.
The Aggies’ largest lead of the game came with 1:11 left, when McRae hit a layup.
For the Rattlers, scoring was at a premium; Khadejra Young, Kenya Dixon, and Dawn King were the leading scorers with 10 points apiece. FAMU shot 35.1-percent (20-of-57) from the floor, but committed 16 turnovers that led to 14 Aggie points.Thanks in large part to McRae, the Aggies outscored FAMU 34-24 in the paint.