TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Feb. 23) – The FAMU Women’s Basketball team played inspired basketball against archrival Bethune-Cookman in their 2019 Homecoming finale in the Lawson Center Saturday afternoon, only to have their victory hopes dashed in final seconds of a 52-50 setback.
Angel Golden’s jumper with 10 seconds left put the visitors ahead, 51-50, then Amaya Scott’s free throw with one second left provided the Lady ‘Cats with their final margin.
FAMU (4-22, 2-12 in MEAC) has played a more spirited brand of basketball in the three games since Kevin Lynum was appointed interim coach following the dismissal of LeDawn Gibson, and Saturday, they appeared poised to knock off their rivals from Daytona Beach, trailing just 24-23 at halftime, and 38-34 after three quarters.
Junior forward Dy’Manee Royal capped a 6-2 fourth quarter scoring jag which tied the game at 40-40 on here layup with 7:46 left. She followed with another lay in at the 6:40 mark to give FAMU a 42-40 lead.
Bethune managed to tie the score at 42-42 on a layup by Golden with 6:03 left, as the two teams traded baskets down the stretch.
FAMU did grab a bit of high ground when Tyra James and Royal sank back-to-back buckets, giving the Rattlers a four-point lead, 50-46 with 2:11 to play.
The Wildcats started their final push with a three-pointer from Camary Harris, pulling them within one point, 50-49 at the 2:01 mark, setting the stage for Golden’s game-winning jumper with 10 seconds left.
Freshman Mya Moye led FAMU with 14 points, two rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Dy’Manee Royal finished with another double double, grabbing 11 rebounds to go with her 10 points.
Angel Golden led the Lady ‘Cats with 14 points, two assists, and two steals, followed by Camary Harris with 13 points and Amaya Scott with 10 points. Chasimmie Brown led the visitors on the boards with 10 rebounds.
HOMECOMING NOTES: Saturday’s game saw dozens of former FAMU Basketball players and coaches return for the home finale, to witness the unveiling of the retired number banner unveiling for Hall of Fame forward Cathy Robinson, the only basketball player in FAMU history to score 2,000 points and pull down 1,000 rebounds…. Also between games, the two seniors for the women’s team – guard Candice Williams of Atlanta, Ga., and forward Tyra James of Cincinnati, Ohio, were honored.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Rattlers will start their two-game road swing to close the regular season Saturday against North Carolina A&T in the Corbett Sports Center in Greensboro, N.C. at 2:00 p.m.