BALTIMORE, MD (Jan. 9) – The Florida A&M Lady Rattlers were led by Dawn King, who poured in 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the field, including four made three-pointers. Florence Ouattara and Dy’Manee Royal each chipped in 10 points to round out the trio of Lady Rattlers scoring in double figures at the Physical Education Center on the campus of Coppin State University.
The Lady Rattlers struggled from the field, shooting 27.9 percent from the field. FAMU actually shot the same percentage (27.9) percent from three-point range, equaling the rate of general field goals. The Lady Rattlers rounded out their free throws with a 76.9 percent mark.
Coppin State handed the Lady Rattlers their second consecutive close defeat in a row, eclipsing the Rattlers by single digits, as Morgan State had done two days prior.
“We just couldn’t get the quality offensive possessions that it takes to win in our conference. We know that day in and day out, the MEAC team we play will be well coached and ready to play. We’ve got to find a way to increase our intensity in order to get over the hump in winning games in our conference,” said LeDawn Gibson, FAMU women’s basketball coach.
The Eagles were led by Genesis Lucas, who carded a game high 24 points. Maraiyah Smith added 15 points, while Candice Beverly added 11 points.
Statistically, the Lady Rattlers bested the Eagles in steals (10), bench points (8-0), second chance points (15-10) and blocks (4-0). The Eagles got the best of the Lady Rattlers on the boards (44-39) and field goal percentage (38 percent).
What’s next: FAMU will travel to Daytona Beach to take on the Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman on Saturday at historic Moore Gymnasium.