By FAMU Sports Information Intern Marvyn Joseph
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Jan. 26) – The Florida A&M Lady Rattler basketball team won their fifth Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game of the season as they defeated the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 67-54 here today at the Al Lawson Center.
FAMU (8-11, 5-1 MEAC) had a pair of Lady Rattlers to score in double figures as Jasmine Grice led the way with a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. Jaleesa Blue added a spark off the bench as she had 12 points and seven rebounds.
UMES (5-10, 1-3 MEAC) had only one player to score in double figures as Ashleigh Claybrooks finished with 12 points and six rebounds.
FAMU dominated the game from the beginning, shooting 38-percent (25-65) from the field and controlled the boards, outrebounding the Lady Hawks 45-35. The rebounding played a major role as it helped the Lady Rattlers in the second chance point's column, 14-9.
The Lady Hawks struggled throughout the game as their team leader in points, 15.1 points average for the season, Karona Roach, went scoreless until the second half and scored only one point. UMES shot 38-percent (21-55) from the field but only attempted eight free throws.
FAMU remained in control as their largest lead was 21 with 5:02 left in the game.
Coach LeDawn Gibson was satisfied with the team's effort in the first half, but was not pleased by the team's second half performance.
"I thought we came out the gate pretty good but the second half, I was disappointed as the team felt relaxed with the lead," said Gibson. She was extremely happy with the performance of Jaleesa Blue. Leading into the game, Blue scored only seven points for the season. "I was glad to see Blue finally come out and show what she can do," said Gibson.
Blue had two knee surgeries prior to the season, but admitted that she's starting to get comfortable and should be expected to see more of the same performance tonight for the rest of the season.
"Coach told me that I need to get more aggressive so I brought that into the game. I'm beginning to get more comfortable with my knee... and sitting on the bench is not me because I know I can play, so I wanted to prove that I can play," said Blue.
The Lady Rattlers return to action on Monday as they face the Hornets of Delaware State in a 5:30 p.m. start in the Lawson Center.