By Maya Dubios/FAMU Sports Information Intern
After an intense game in the Al Lawson Multipurpose Center on Saturday, the Florida A&M Lady Rattlers (1-5, 0-0 MEAC) were able to grab their first win of the season over the Edward Waters College Lady Tigers (7-6) with a 70-64 final score.
“It feels good to finally get a win this season,” said FAMU Head Coach LeDawn Gibson.“We played hard. Could have played a lot better but we’ll take an ugly win over a pretty loss any day of the week.”
The Rattlers jumped out to a 28-point first quarter, but the Tigers fought back to a 21-point second period. FAMU led by eight, with a 42-34 lead at the half. FAMU would extend their lead to 11 by the end of the fourth quarter. With a 20-point fourth quarter, EWC was able to close the gap, but couldn’t overcome the lead built by FAMu.
The Rattlers got off to an energetic start early in the game, leading the Tigers 28-13 by the end of the first quarter. However, the Tigers were determined not to go down without a fight. Aggressive defense played by the Tigers resulted in 14 steals and 30 turnovers against the Rattlers.
“We are not taking care of the ball. We have got to start taking care of the ball because that will make or break us in a game.” Said Gibson. “My team was not as aggressive on defense so it gave up easy baskets on the other end and we can’t deal with that.”
FAMU shot 23-of-46 (50%) from the field in the game. The sore spot for the Lady Rattlers was three-point shooting, with a paltry 1-of-12 performance. The Lady Rattlers shot 69.7% from the free throw line.
EWC shot 24-of-71 (33.8%) from the field. They went 3-of-9 from the three-point arc and 13-of-25 from the free throw line.
“I knew coming in that they were very undisciplined on defense so I just told them to be aggressive and attack the basket.”
Graduate guard, Candice Williams, who shot 12–or-17 from the free throw line, led the team with 16 points.
“I was okay with going to the free throw line. They were bringing two to the ball every time, so it was easier to pass through it. And they also were undisciplined on defense so I knew that if you keep attacking on defense you’ll probably get the call.” said Williams.
Freshman guard/forward, Jasmine Ballews, also rose to the occasion by being the second lead scorer of the game by having a total of 14 points.
“It felt good finally getting back in my groove cause I had been playing well lately and finally getting some confidence going for it too,” said Ballew.
The victory at home not only ended a five game losing-streak for the Rattlers but it also lifted the team’s motivation. “It feels good to have that home crowd and everyone cheering you on. Even when you do get down, it (the crowd) gives you a little boost.” Candice Williams
The Rattlers will travel to Gainesville, Fla. on Sun., Dec. 9 to face off against the University of Florida Gators.