ASHEVILLE, N.C. – North Carolina A&T placed five players in double figures as the Aggies won their seventh game in a row with an 83-57 victory over homestanding UNC Asheville Tuesday night at Kimmel Arena.
The Bulldogs (3-5) were led by freshman guard Tianna Knuckles’ career-high 15 points. Leah Wormack went 13-of-14 from the free throw line and finished with 13 points.
North Carolina A&T (7-1) was led by Tracy King’s 15 points, while Christina Carter and Debbie Smith added 14 points each.
Knuckles also led Asheville on the boards as she grabbed a career-best eight rebounds.
The Aggies enjoyed a great night shooting from the field as the visitors knocked down .638 of its shots (30-of-47). They also went 5-of-6 from beyond the arc and shot .857 (18-of-21) from the free throw line. NCAT was a perfect 12-of-12 from the line in the second half.
Asheville was within 29-25 late in the first half after two free throws from Shonese Jones with 3:20 left. North Carolina A&T ended the half on a 11-4 run to take a 40-29 halftime lead. King helped lead the run with seven points.
The Aggies shot .600 (15-of-25) from the field in the opening half and was a perfect 4-of-4 from beyond the arc. Asheville did a solid job in the first half from the field as it went 7-of-15 (.467) from the field and 5-of-8 from long distance. But the Bulldogs hurt themselves with 16 turnovers.
The home team went ice cold from the field in the second half as North Carolina A&T went on a 14-2 run in the first seven minutes to take a 54-31 lead. Asheville could get no closer than 21 points the rest of the contest.
The Bulldogs shot just .240 (6-of-25) from the field in the second half. NCAT shot .682 (15-of-22) from the field in the half.
The Aggies height dominated the inside game as they outscored Asheville 42-18 in the paint but only had a 25-23 rebounding advantage.
UNC Asheville is at national power Vanderbilt Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m. CST. The Bulldogs will take a few days off for the holidays before returning to Kimmel Arena to start a three-game Big South Conference homestand on Dec. 28 against Gardner-Webb at 2 p.m.