Calvin Sykes, Correspondent (@CSykesSportsU on Twitter)
Shakerrya Morrison’s double-double to led the Florida A&M Rattlers women’s basketball team past Mikah Aldridge and the Delaware State Lady Hornets 69-61 on Monday afternoon in AL Lawson Multi-Purpose Center.
The Rattlers starting five combined for 38 out of 59 points scored in the game. Aldridge scored 13 points with four rebounds and 3 assists for the Hornets.
Rattlers shot 35.2 percent from the field and took 43 shots from the free throw line, converting 25. The Hornets shot 35.8% percent and made all 14 of their shots at the charity stripe.
“I don’t think we shot well as a team tonight, but they made it when it counted,” LeDawn Gibson said. ” As a coach, I am very pleased but we have a lot of work to do but we won at the end of the day.”
FAMU dominated the glass (53-38) behind Morrison’s 21 rebounds.
“It was big but I really did want 63 rebounds,” Gibson said. “At the same time, I am pleased with the 53 rebounds but we have to keep working. I recruited [Murray] because she brings energy and the determination on the boards.”
FAMU led by as many as 11 points during the final moments of the game before the Hornets cut the lead to one. The Rattlers responded with a 5-0 run.
This win pushes the Rattler’s winning streak to five games and hopes to move higher in the MEAC standings with six games left. The next game will be played against North Carolina A&T at the Corbett Sports Center on Feb. 11.