FAMU (2-3) was paced by Jasmine Grice as she scored a team high 25 points, followed by Kimberly Sparkman with 13, while Patrice Collie tallied 12 to round out the cast of the Lady Rattlers in double-figures. Collie led the Lady Rattlers on the boards with five, while Andreya Lacy dished out a team high four assist.
USM (3-2) was led by Tenecka Carey with a game high 39 points, followed by Jamierra Faulkner with a double-double in 14 points and 12 assists and Jerontay Clemons with 11 points and six rebounds.
The Golden Eagles opened the first half with an 11-0 lead with 17:17 left in the first, capped off by a Nitesha Pierce free-throw.
FAMU would score their first basket of the game on a Sparkman three pointer with 17:02 to go in the half, making the score11-3 in favor of USM.
USM would go on an 11-6 run to make the score 22-9 in favor of the Golden Eagles, capped off by a Carey three pointer with 10:43 to go in the half.
The Lady Rattlers would respond with a 10-3 run to cut USM's lead to 25-19 with 7:55 to go in the half.
FAMU would go into the break with trailing USM 44-25 as the Lady Rattlers finished the first half, shooting 32.0 percent (8-of-32), while the Golden Eagles shot 53.1 percent (17-of-32).
In the second half, USM would enjoy as much as a 27 point lead on a Carey layup with 11:30 to go in the game, giving the Golden Eagles a 68-41 lead.
The Lady Rattlers would us a pair of runs to get themselves back in the game as they used a 10-3 run to cut the Golden Eagles' lead to 71-57 on a Cristal Liriano three pointer with 6:30 left in the game. Then they used a 14-7 run to cut USM's lead to 78-71 on a pair of Patrice Collie free throws with 2:03 to in the game.
USM would close out the contest with a 10-0 run for the 88-71 win.
FAMU finished the game shooting 38.7 percent (24-of-62), while USM shot 52.3 percent (34-of-65). The Golden Eagles held the rebounding margin over the Lady Rattlers, 41-35.
The Lady Rattlers will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 1 as they will host Virginia Commonwealth at the Lawson Center in a 4 p.m. tip.