UNCG Women’s Basketball Falls in WNIT First Round to NC A&T

UNCG Women’s Basketball Falls in WNIT First Round to NC A&T

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNC Greensboro (UNCG) women’s basketball team dropped its contest at North Carolina A&T, 56-51 on Friday night in the first round of the 2024 Postseason WNIT at the Corbett Sports Center to complete the 2023-24 season.

NC A&T got on the board first in the contest with a layup from Chaniya Clark, but that was the only lead the Aggies would hold in the first half. Ayanna Khalfani responded with a layup on the other end to begin a 10-3 run for the Spartans (12-5). The Aggies chipped in four unanswered points to close out the first quarter, but UNCG remained on top heading to the break, 12-9.

The Aggies started off the second frame with two more points, but the Spartans tallied a 14-2 run to take the 26-13 lead with 2:19 remaining in the first half. NC A&T was able to end the second quarter with four consecutive free throws, but UNCG remained on top, 28-19 going to the locker room.

NC A&T found its stride in the third quarter by outscoring the Spartans 21-12. The Aggies took the first lead of the game since the start of the contest with Paris Locke scoring two free throws (40-38). Makiah Asidanya chipped in for two free throws of her own to close out the third frame with a tied 40-point ball game.

The final quarter was an all-out battle between the Aggies and Spartans, coming down to the wire. The Aggies outlasted the Spartans 16-11 in the final frame. With 1:16 remaining in the game, Khalis Cain recorded a second chance layup to cut the deficit to one (52-51). NC A&T was able to close out the game with a 4-0 run to secure the 56-51 win.

Isys Grady and Nia Howard led the Spartans with 10 points apiece on the day.
Cain paced UNCG with 14 boards and three blocks.
UNCG had 37 total rebounds to NC A&T’s 32.
The Spartans had 30 points in the paint, while the Aggies had 24.
UNCG led for 27:21 minutes and NC A&T only led for 7:33.

UNCG: 21-12, 8-6, SoCon
NC A&T: 21-11, 13-5, CAA

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Courtesy of Emma White
Strategic Communications Coordinator
UNC Greensboro