DOVER, Del. (Feb. 17) – The FAMU Women’s Basketball team rode a 45-point second half surge to a 73-65 win over Delaware State in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play Saturday at Memorial Hall.
FAMU (6-20, 4-9 MEAC) led 20-18 after one quarter, but got outpaced by the Hornets (4-21, 3-9), 16 to 8 in the second stanza, putting them in a 34-28 hole at halftime, thanks to 23.9 percent floor shooting by the Rattlers.
But the Rattlers boosted their shooting 50 percent, including 9 of 15 from distance, and 8 of 10 from the charity stripe, to outscore their hosts, 45-31 in the second half.
FAMU scored 26 points in the third period to nudge ahead, 54-53 headed to the final stanza, where they enjoyed a 19-12 scoring edge for the win.
Ecenur Yurdakul’s triple with 3:42 left put FAMU ahead for good at 64-61, and FAMU was able to hold off the Hornets with baskets from Shakeyrra Morrison, De’Ayra Davis, Florence Ouattara. Ouattara sank two foul shots with nine seconds left to put the game just out of reach.
Yurdakul led all scorers with 23 points for FAMU, highlighted by a blistering 6 of 9 three-point shooting performance. Dawn King scored 21 points, splashing 5 of 9 shots from distance, and Ouattara added 13 points, while Shakeyrra Morrison and Dy’Manee Royal pulled down 11 and nine rebounds respectively Saturday.
NaJai Pollard led the Hornets with 20 points and a game high 15 rebounds, followed by Lanayjha Ashe with 11 points and Arion Jackson with 10 points.
WHAT’S NEXT: FAMU will host North Carolina A&T next Saturday at 4:00 p.m. in the Lawson Center, to open a three-game regular season-ending homestand.