Winters late 3s send NC A&T women to NCAA over Howard 59-57

<p>NORFOLK, Va. &mdash; Deja Winters hit a 3-pointer from the left corner with 3 seconds to play, lifting North Carolina A&amp;M into the NCAA Tournament with a 59-57 win over Howard in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship game on Saturday.</p>
<p>The Aggies earned their fifth NCAA berth when the final heave for the Bison went off the back iron. Howard was going for its first NCAA berth since 2001.</p>
<p>Following a Winters 3 with 49.8 seconds to play that made it a one-point game, the teams swapped critical turnovers in the last 21. The Aggies were forced to foul, sending Iyanna Warren, whose two free throws at 1:18 made it a two possession game, to the line with 11.1 seconds left.</p>
<p>After Warren missed both free throws, Chanin Scott grabbed the rebound and Jasmen Walton found Winters in the corner for a contested winner.</p>
<p>Jayla Jones-Pack scored 16 points and Winters 15 for North Carolina A&amp;T (14-2), which won the MEAC South and claimed its first NCAA bid since 2018. Scott had 12 points and 11 rebounds.</p>
<p>Warren led the Bison (15-4), the North champs, with 21 points and six assists. Jayla Thornton had 12 points and Anzhane Hutton 14 rebounds.</p>
<p>Howard shot 34.5% (20 of 58) from the field and just 12 of 21 from the foul line and had 20 turnovers. The Aggies shot 39.7% (23 of 58) with 21 turnovers but were 8 of 12 from the line. Both teams had five 3-pointers with Winters and Thornton, the MEAC’s all-time leader with 275, hitting four.</p>
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