TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Jan. 3) - The FAMU Women's Basketball team built an early lead and never relinquished it Wednesday night in rolling past Howard University, 74-59 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener for both teams at the Al Lawson Center.
FAMU (3-11, 1-0 MEAC) led from start ot finish Wednesday, nudging ahead 12-11 over the Bison after one quarter, then riding a 23-17 second period surge to forge a 35-28 halftime lead.
The Rattler Women used relentless pressure on defense, forcing Howrard (4-10, 0-1 MEAC) into 29 turnovers on the night, led by guard Florence Ouattara, who had six steals, while guards Dawn King, Ecenure Yurdakul and De'Aytra Davis had two steals each.
The pressure helped FAMU to a 38-31 scoring edge in the second half, as they held the Bison to 34 percent floor shooting in the final two quarters, and 35 percent overall for the game.
Ouattara led the way for FAMU with 16 points, six steals, five assists and four rebounds, splashing a trio of three-pointers as well. Yurdakul finished with 12 points and three assists, while Dy'Manee Royal had 10 points and three rebounds.
Forward Shakyrra Morrison had a game high 11 rebounds to go with her nine points, while center Shalunda Burney-Robinson, who was slowed with foul trouble, had nine rebounds and seven points before fouling out.
WHAT'S NEXT: FAMU will head north to Baltimore for a Saturday-Monday swing at Morgan State (Saturday, 2:00) and Coppin State (Monday, 5:30).