FAMU head coach LeDawn Gibson was disappointed in her team's start. "We just came out flat. It's been inconsistent all season dealing with a very immature team court time wise. Going into the MEAC tournament, we're trying to get them out of that. We're just going to try to keep working and find a rhythm," Gibson said.
The Lady Rattlers were led by Jasmine Grice, who is fifth in scoring in the NCAA, who pumped in 21 points. She was 3-of-9 from the three point arc and perfect from the free throw line. Jamie Foreman was the only other Lady Rattler to score in double figures, as she carded 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field. Foreman ended the game with a double-double, pulling down 10 rebounds. Forward Patrice Collie also grabbed 10 boards, helping the Lady Rattlers to attain a 38-35 edge for the game.
B-CU Wildcats head coach Vanessa Blair used a starting lineup of newcomers to defeat the Rattlers. "We worked tirelessly on a defensive game plan for a very talented FAMU. Our biggest thing was to take away one of the two powerhouses and tonight it was taking away (Kimberly) Sparkman...," Blair said. The plan was effective as Sparkman scored a single point on just five shots.
B-CU was led by Chastity Rene Taylor who pumped in 19 points on 7-of-19 points from the field and 5-of-10 shooting from the three point line. Shakeyia Colyer chipped in 12 points and Amanda Hairston added 10. Hairston led B-CU on the boards with nine, while Colyer dished out a team high seven assists.
FAMU jumped out to a 7-4 lead on a Foreman put back with 14:40 to go in the first.
B-CU would use an 8-3 run as they took the lead on a Taylor three-pointer with 10:02 go in the half. Grice and Foreman would tie the contest four times for the Lady Rattlers as Grice connected on field goals at the 9:46 mark and the 8:34 marks to tie the contest at 12-12, and 14-14. Foreman tied the game at 16-16 on a layup at the 6:15 mark and again at the 4:43 mark in the first half to tie the contest at 18-18.
The Lady Rattlers would then suffer a 3:38 scoring drought as they would score their next basket at the 1:05 mark on a layup by Grice.
FAMU would go into the break trailing B-CU 25-21. The Lady Rattlers finished the first half shooting 42.9 percent (9-of-21) from the field, while B-CU shot 31.4 percent (11-of-35).
B-CU opened up the second half with an 11-4 run as they increased their lead to 36-25, capped off by a Kayla Crawford jumper with 16:10 left in the game. The Lady Rattlers would close the gap to 39-35 on a Foreman put back at the 9:56 mark of the half, capping a 10-3 run by FAMU.
B-CU answered with a 9-3 run as they increased their lead to 48-38 with 8:23 left in the game, capped off by a Taylor three-pointer.
In the final eight minutes FAMU would only score 11 more points for the 59-49 final.
Gibson said she and her team were headed back to working on a game plan to carry down the stretch of the season. "The environment on B-CU's homecoming excited their players; it should have excited ours. We talked about it beforehand and I told them it was going to be a very hostile environment. We didn't execute our offense, we just stood around. Defense was mediocre, but I thought we were better on the boards than our first meeting. Here again we're dealing with a set of immature basketball players that we are trying to get to understand the sense of urgency as soon as they step on the court and not wait until we get down to try to turn it on. Losing what we lost, we know it's a rebuilding season so we're still trying to put the pieces together.
The Lady Rattlers will return action on Saturday, Feb. 9 as they will travel to Durham, NC to face the NCCU Eagles at the McClendon-McDougall Gymnasium in a 2 p.m. MEAC contest.