Sunday, February 21, 2016
FAMU Women Hold Off B-CU At Homecoming, 53-48
Tallahassee, Florida – The FAMU Women’s Basketball team held off Bethune-Cookman, 53-48, in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game at the Al Lawson Center Saturday afternoon.
This match up had a lot more at stake than bragging rights for the year. This game was for a top seed in the upcoming MEAC Tournament.
FAMU (14-11, 8-4 MEAC) started of strong. The ladies shot over 50 percent from the field in the first half. The Lady Rattlers played tough defense ending the quarter with a chase down block from Khadejra Young.
FAMU led 15-10 at the end of the first quarter.
The Lady Rattlers kept their foot on the gas during the second quarter. The score was 25 to 16 with 4:46 left in the first half. Despite FAMU’s effort B-C clawed their way back into the game with defensive intensity. They closed the quarter on a 10-0 run, to take a 26-25 lead at the half.
The third quarter started off slow because both teams locked in on defense.
FAMU led 33-30 half way through the third quarter. Both teams began to find an offensive rhythm late in the quarter, but FAMU seized the momentum with a buzzer beater layup at the end of the period, for 41-36 lead..
The Lady Wildcats opened up the final quarter on a 7-0 run holding The Lady Rattlers scoreless for more than three minutes.
The Rattler offense came alive late in the fourth quarter after a big steal from Khadejra Young. The Wildcats sloppy play continued into the next possession and resulted in a turnover and easy points.
The game went down to the wire, but the Rattlers were able to put the nail in the coffin with more tough defense.
Khadejra Young led the team with 14 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block.
Head Coach LeDawn Gibson was pleased with how her team finished the game.
“We played better together as a team. We lost to them three times last year so it was very important to win. That’s what our pregame talk was about,” said Wilson.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Lady Rattlers will travel north to take on Maryland-Eastern Shore. The game is on Monday and tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.
By MARC BETANCOURT
COURTESY FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY SPORTS INFORMATION