Back in 2007 Amber Calvin led Southview HS from Hope Mills, out of the Fayetteville area, to the NCHSAA Girls 4-A Basketball title….The team she and her Flying Tigers defeated were the Grimsley Whirlies coached by Phil Weaver and led by Trumae Lucas(Florida), Amber Cook(UMES), Nicole Hargraves(Charlotte), Krystin Fields(Towson) and Jasmine Alston(UNCW/JC Smith)…..
Not a bad crew and not a bad coup for Amber Calvin and her Flying Tigers and now there’s a new “Amber Alert” out for all the teams that face Calvin and her N.C. A&T Lady Aggies and next up are the Miami Hurricanes after the Sunday win by A&T over Charlotte…Amber and A&T beat Wake Forest from the ACC in round one of the WNIT….
A&T over Wake Forest and the Demon Deacons, what’s going on here?????
These Lady Aggies are on a roll and the Aggie Watch is on, plus the “Amber Alert” is in effect, until someone finds a way to slow down these Greensboro girls……
CHARLOTTE â€“ Once again North Carolina A&T managed to turn a visiting arena into an home court advantage for itself. And once again the raucous crowd wearing Blue and Gold helped the Aggies womenâ€™s basketball team make more history with a 79-70 win over Charlotte in the second round of the WNIT Sunday afternoon at Halton Arena.
Freshman Amber Calvin was 7-for-12 from the floor and finished with a game-high 24 points. Senior Taâ€™Wuana â€œTweetâ€ Cook added 19 points, and sophomore Crystal Murdaugh finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.
â€œThis win is great for our program. Itâ€™s great for our athletics department and itâ€™s great for our university,â€™â€™ said Aggies head coach Patricia Cage-Bibbs. â€œWe want to keep making history because if we keep making history that means weâ€™re continuing to win. Weâ€™re not satisfied. We want to keep going.â€
The Aggies (23-10) become the first NCAA Division I historically black college or university to win two postseason games. The Aggies will play Miami Thursday night at 7 from the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla. Miami was a 77-64 winner over Florida on Sunday.
â€œWe have a lot of confidence right now because we believe we can go out and play well against any level of competition,â€™â€™ said Murdaugh.
In the last two games the Aggies have knocked off teams from the ACC and Atlantic 10. They also have won 13 straight games over in-state competition, including the last two against Charlotte. On Sunday, the Aggies got off to another hot start with Cook and Calvin knocking down 3-pointers to propel the Aggies to a 35-32 lead at the half.
The Aggies took their biggest lead of the game with a 11:41 remaining. Cook banked in a 3-pointer from the top of the key to put the Aggies ahead 59-48. But unlike the Aggies win over Wake Forest on Thursday when they were never tested, the 49ers rallied to challenge the Aggies stronghold over the game.
An 8-0 49ers run ended when Kendra Holmes crossed her way over into the lane and found a wide open Shannon McCallum underneath the basket for a layup that cut the Aggies lead to 69-67 with 2:06 to play.
â€œWe didnâ€™t get rattled because we enjoy being the underdogs,â€™â€™ said Calvin. â€œWe had no reason to lose our composure when they started coming back. We lost a big lead, but we didnâ€™t let that have an effect on us.â€
After a 30-second timeout, Calvin dribbled her way into the lane with the shot clock running down and connected on a jump shot that put the Aggies up four with 1:39 remaining. Junior Jaleesa Sams put the game away with a drive to the basket that resulted in a made layup and a foul. Samsâ€™ free throw put the Aggies in front 76-70 with 35 seconds remaining.
â€œAt this stage in postseason youâ€™ve got to bring your all,â€™â€™ said Bibbs. â€œWeâ€™ve done a lot of things right in these last two games. We know we have to come out with a lot intensity and make other teams match our intensity. Thatâ€™s how you win in the postseason.â€
The Aggies are now one of only 16 teams still playing in the WNIT. The Aggies played at the BankUnited Center in 2005, and lost to the Hurricanes 104-65. This time, the Aggies will have momentum from two memorable wins coming with them along with the ability to turn a visiting arena into a Dawg Pound.
â€œItâ€™s not tough playing on the road,â€™â€™ said Calvin, who along with her Aggie teammates have played 23 road games this season. â€œWeâ€™ve been doing it all year. But of course weâ€™re going to need our crowd. They have to come with us.â€