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Shakerrya Morison had a double double  Thursday at Bethune-Cookman.
Shakerrya Morison had a double double Thursday at Bethune-Cookman.
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Courtesy: Florida A&M Sports Information
Rattler Women Fall At Bethune-Cookman, 66-53
By: Florida A&M Sports Information  
Release:03/02/2017
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Mar. 2) – The FAMU Women’s Basketball team closed their 2016-17 regular season Thursday evening dropping a 66-53 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference decision to archrival Bethune-Cookman in venerable Moore Gymnasium.

FAMU (11-18, 9-7 MEAC) had come into Thursday’s game having won three straight outings and seven of their last 11 games, with hopes of avenging their 64-41 loss to B-CU in Tallahassee in January.

And those hopes seemed realistic for a time, as FAMU, trailing 21-11 after one quarter, outpaced the Wildcats, 19-16 in the scoring column in the second period, to close to within seven points, 37-30 at the half.

The Rattler Women slipped even closer in the third period, trailing 41-39 at the media timeout with 4:38 left, but the home club rode an 11-4 finishing surge to reassert control at 52-43 after three periods.

Cookman  (19-8, 15-1 MEAC) closed out the game with a 14-10 scoring edge in the final stanza to add a season sweep of the home-and-home series with FAMU to their previously clinched regular season title.

Junior forward Shakerrya Morrison led FAMU with an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double, followed by junior forward Shalunda “LaLa” Burney-Robinson’s 10-point, 10-rebound double-double, with senior guard Victoria Nguyen adding 11 points.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NORFOLK: Despite Thursday’s loss, FAMU will open the 2017 MEAC Basketball Tournament at The Scope, as the No. 4 seed, thanks to Coppin State (8-8) home loss Thursday to Hampton, and the Rattlers owning the head-to-head tiebreaker over Norfolk State (9-7) due to their 59-51 win over the Spartans in Tallahassee, Feb. 12.

The Rattlers will play the tournament’s first game Monday at 11:00 a.m. against the No. 13 seed, South Carolina State (2-14 MEAC), whom they defeated just five days ago (Saturday, Feb. 25), 81-61 in Orangeburg.

Should FAMU win their opener Monday morning, they will get a bit of a layover until Thursday’s quarterfinal round, where they would meet the winner of No. 5 Norfolk State and No. 12 Delaware State at 2:00 p.m.

A NOTE OF CAUTION: Official tournament pairings are to be released by the MEAC later Thursday evening or on Friday morning.


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