Stanley Brooks, Correspondent ( @StanleyBrooksFS on Twitter)
Florida A&M University’s women’s basketball team surprised many people with their 59-51 win over Norfolk State University. The Lady Rattlers held their ground against NSU, who are the number two team in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Senior guard Florence Ouattara led the team in scoring with 12 points while senior forward Alicia McCray and junior guard Shakeyrra Morrison both put up double-doubles with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
“I thought Alicia played a heck of a game. I’ve been waiting on Alicia to do this all year and she just played an all-around great game tonight, she was just fearless.,” head coach LeDawn Gibson said.
McCray filled up the stat sheet with her performance in the paint. 10 of her 13 rebounds were defensive rebounds and she got all of the team’s six blocks.
The Lady Rattlers turned the ball over 21 times but managed to hold the Spartans to 25% shooting from the field for the night and only three of NSU’s players were able to score more than six points.
“I think their heads and hearts are in the right place. I think going into the end of the season we’re in the right place mentally and physically,” Gibson said.
The last three games of the season are all conference games and two of them are against top-four teams in the MEAC.
“We got two more home games to incite the fans and to get some more people out there to support us for the MEAC,” Gibson said. “We just got to go out there and be fearless and try to put ourselves in a better situation for the MEAC tournament.”
The Lady Rattlers look to end their season on another win streak after getting their first win since North Carolina A&T snapped their five-game win streak.
“I think we have a great team. We’ve been on a rollercoaster ride, we lost two last week that I don’t think we should’ve lost but we did. We’re just trying to bounce back this week and move forward and continue to work,” Gibson said.
The Lady Rattlers play their next game on Monday against Hampton University. Tip-off is at 6 p.m. in the Al Lawson Multi-Purpose Center.