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Morrison led the Rattlers on the boards.
Morrison led the Rattlers on the boards.
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Courtesy: Florida A&M Sports Information
Lady Rattlers Can't Keep Pace in 73-52 Loss to NCA&T
By: Florida A&M Sports Information  

By Maya DuBois/FAMU Sports Information Intern 

TALLAHASSEE, FL (Feb. 24) – Desperate for a win, the Lady Rattlers (6-20, 4-9 MEAC) fell short to the NCAT Aggies (17-8, 12-1) 73-52  in a gruesome Saturday afternoon contest in the Al Lawson Multipurpose Center.

Unable to break the Aggie defense, the Rattlers struggled with finishing plays and the Aggies forced turnovers throughout the game.

After an aggressive first quarter, the Rattlers had trouble with scoring in the second. Missed layups and poor defense resulted in the team scoring only six points for the quarter while the Aggies increased their lead with 24 points.

“I think we’re gonna just practice and try to do game simulations, we do it a little, but I think we’re going to have to do a little more, do more game simulations, first quarter, second quarter, third quarter, fourth quarter. To see what the drop off is,” said head coach Ledawn Gibson.

Senior guard Florence Ouattara and freshmen guard De’Ayra Davis led the team in scoring with a combined 22 points. Senior forward Shakeyrra Morrison led the team with 12 boards.

“I box out and then I go get the rebound, and I put my elbows up,” said Morrison.

The Lady Rattlers went into halftime having made only 7-of-31 shots from the field.

After their poor performance in the first half, the Lady Rattlers retreated back to the court refreshed and ready to face the Aggies for the second.

With 7:25 remaining in the third quarter, a foul against Morrison set Davis up to give the Rattlers their first points of the second half. Although, they faced a few tough stretches, the Lady Rattlers, were able to gain momentum for the rest of the game.

The remainder of the fourth quarter seemed to be dominated by the Lady Rattlers as they outscored the Aggies 16-12. Yet, that was not enough as Le’on Hill of the Aggies scored 2 points to close out the game 73-52.

“We just lost the second quarter to them, I believe that we’re going to be okay going into the tournament and I believe in my team,” said senior guard Ecenur Yurdakul.

The Aggies were led by sophomore guard Cinia McCray, who finished with 18 points. Sophomore guard C’Coriea Foy followed with 13 points of her own, while Charnise Tyler ended the game with 8 rebounds.





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