By Jessica Gardner/FAMU Sports Information Intern
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Jan. 15) – The Florida A&M Lady Rattlers (4-14, 2-3 MEAC) rallied for an impressive fourth-quarter come-from-behind win over the Delaware State Hornets (2-16, 1-4 MEAC) 59-54, tonight at the Al Lawson Center.
FAMU had rocky scoring in the first half, shooting only 25.9 percent from the floor with 13 turnovers.
“They were flat since we got back from Bethune. I think that loss took a lot out of them,” said head coach LeDawn Gibson. “We had a flat practice the last couple of days and that’s how they came out the first half.”
The Lady Rattlers, down by 13 points in the second half, gained momentum quickly to cut down that lead. After being cold for three quarters, Florence Ouattara and Dawn King lit up the fourth-quarter. King got hot from the three-point arc, aiding the comeback that was fueled by tenacious defense. She went 4-of-8 from three-point range, allowing the team to claw back into the contest at a critical time. She led the Rattlers with 14 points. Ouattara hit the game-tying three point shot and steal that put the Lady Rattlers in position to close out the Hornets.
“I know I had to show up for my team. In the first half, I feel like I didn’t play 100 percent and I hate to take that on my shoulders,” Ouattara said. “I have to give 100 percent to my team, they deserve it. It’s a night where I was off offensively so I said I was going to do it defensively and share the ball with my team.”
Gibson praised the fourth-quarter effort of her best scorer. “A lot of energy comes from ‘Flo’ and her defense. She’s one of our best defensive players,” Gibson said. “I saw a different focus when she came out at halftime. She came out refocused. She showed up and did what she needed to do for her team. It’s great to end up on a win.”
What’s next: The Lady Rattlers head into a 12-day break before traveling to Virginia to take on Hampton University and Norfolk State.