TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Jan. 11) - North Carolina Central scored 41 second half points to rally past the Florida A&M Women’s Basketball team 71-64 in MEAC play, here Saturday afternoon at the Al Lawson Center.
With the win, the Lady Eagles pick up their first-ever win against the Lady Rattlers, snapping FAMU’s seven game win streak against NCCU. The Lady Eagles did it with inside play, as they dominated the Lady Rattler front line.
"I’m very disappointed in the performance in second half. It was a game that we shouldn’t have lost. We’ve got to work on our inside game. We’ve got to keep working at it and get more aggressive. Instead of being tough, we kind of got pushed around," head coach LeDawn Gibson said.
NCCU would erase a 13-point second half lead with a 26-13 run to tie the contest at 56-56 on a Racquel Davis put back with 7:56 to go in the game.
Just two minutes later, Davis would give the Lady Eagles their first lead of the contest with a layup with 6:16 to go, making the scored 60-58 in favor of NCCU. NCCU would extend their lead to as much as nine points on two occasions, holding on for the 71-64 win.
FAMU finished the game shooting 45.8 percent (27-of-59), while NCCU shot 49.0 (25-of-51).
In the first half, the Lady Rattlers jumped to a 7-0 lead, capped off by a Jasmine Grice three pointer with 18:33 remaining in the frame.
NCCU would use a 7-0 run to tie the contest at 7-7 on a Tiffany Gary layup with 17:25 go in the first.
FAMU would extend their lead to 21-11 on a Jamie Foreman jumper with 10:07 to go in the half, capping a 14-4 run by the Lady Rattlers.
Kimberly Sparkman would score the Lady Rattlers' last field goal of the first half as she nailed a jumper with five seconds left, giving FAMU a 41-30 lead going in the break.
FAMU finished the first half shooting 52.9 percent (18-of-34), while NCCU shot 41.7 percent (10-of-24).
The Lady Rattlers were led by Grice with a team high 19 points and Sparkman with 12 points, as they were the only double-digit scorers for FAMU.
NCCU had three players to score in double-figures as both Davis and Gary finished with a double-double on the night with Davis scoring 27 points and pulling down 11 boards, whereas Gary scored 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the contest. Khyra Conerly rounded out the cast of double-digit performers with 10 points..
With the win, NCCU goes to 6-8 and 1-0 in conference play on the season, whereas FAMU’s lowers their record to 7-9 and 1-2 in conference play.
FAMU will return to action on Monday, January 13 as the Lady Rattlers will welcome the North Carolina A&T Lady Aggies to the Al Lawson Center in a 5:30 p.m. start.