TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Jan. 1) - After two months of challenging non-conference competition, the FAMU Basketball Teams are primed and ready to begin the chase for their respective 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championships with Wednesday night’s home doubleheader against the Howard University Bison.
GAME ONE AT 6:00 P.M., pits the FAMU Women (2-11) against the Howard Women (4-9).
FAMU came into the 2018 season picked to finish 6th in the Women’s title race, but they are determined to capture the crown which has eluded them since 1999.
Head coach LeDawn Gibson is in her 10th season at the helm in Tallahassee, and has assembled a talented roster capable of improving on last year’s deep MEAC Tournament run, which saw FAMU reach the semifinal round.
Setting the pace for the Rattler Women has been junior guard Florence Ouattara, the MEAC Women’s Co-Player of the Week (Dec. 12). Ouattara is scoring at a 15.3 per game average, while averaging 5.3 rebounds per game with 26 three-pointers.
Junior center Shalunda “LaLa” Burney-Robinson is scoring at a 10.2 per game clip, and is tied for the team rebounding lead with senior preseason All-MEAC forward Shakeyrra Morrison at 8.2 rebounds per game. Morrison is averaging 7.2 points per game, trailing senior guard Dawn King, who is scoring at a 7.4 point per game pace, with 22 three-pointers.
The Bison Women (4-9), who were picked to finish 5th in the upcoming MEAC title chase, are being led by guards Sarah Edmond (13.1 ppg) and Curstyn Moore (7.5 ppg, 4.8 rebs).
WHAT’S NEXT: The Rattlers continue league play on the road this weekend, heading to chilly Maryland to face the Baltimore Twins, Morgan State (Saturday, 2:00/4:00 pm) and Coppin State (Monday, 5:30/7:30 pm)…. They will return home to host Delaware State on Monday, Jan. 15 in a 6:00/8:00 doubleheader in the Lawson Center.