By Florida A&M Sports Information
JACKSONVILLE, FL. (Nov. 9) – Jasmine Grice scored a game-high 26 points as the Florida A&M Women’s Basketball team pulled out a 72-69 win over Jacksonville University, here Friday afternoon at Swisher Gymnasium.
The Lady Rattlers used a 10-4 run to tie the game at 64-64, capped off by a Grice jumper with 2:15 left in the game. Kimberly Sparkman would then hit a three-pointer with 1:27 left in the game to give the Lady Rattlers a 67-64 lead.
JU would cut FAMU’s lead to 68-65 on a Stephanie Edward free throw with 56 seconds left in the game. Keturah Martin would then hit a pair of free throws to give FAMU the 69-72 win.
Martin was the Lady Rattlers’ second leading scorer with 13 points, followed by Patrice Collie with 12, while Sparkman chipped in 10 to round out all double-digit scorers for FAMU. Andreya Lacy led FAMU on the boards with eight rebounds, while Sparkmen led the Lady Rattlers in assists with five.
Edwards led the Dolphins in scoring with 17, followed by Madison Scott with 15 and Jade Cargill with 13 to round out the cast of JU players to finish in double-figures. Cargill led the Dolphins on the boards and JU had three other players to finish with seven rebounds apiece. Both Maggie Wilson and Ciara McLee dished four assists each respectively to lead the Dolphins in assists.
JU jumped out to an 11-4 lead in the first half, capped off by a Wilson field goal with 15:28 to go in the first half.
FAMU cut JU’s lead to 13-12 as they used an 8-1 run, capped off by a Grice layup with 10:56 remaining in the half.
The Lady Rattlers would tie the game at 24-24 for the second time in the contest at the 4:14 mark on a Martin layup.
JU would go into the break with a 36-32 lead as Scott made a layup with four seconds left in the half.
FAMU would finish the first half shooting 42.3 percent (11-of-26), whereas JU shot 31.7 percent (13-of-41).
Brionna Brown gave the Dolphins a 51-42 lead with 12:42 to go in the second half. JU would then extend their lead to 58-48 on a Jade Cargill layup with 9:22 to go in the game.
Then both teams would endure scoring drought at one to two minutes intervals.
FAMU would then cut the Dolphins lead to 62-58 as they put together a 10-4 run, capped off by a pair of Lacy free throws with 3:38 to go in the game.
The Lady Rattlers would finish the contest shooting 44.1 percent (26-of-59) from the field, while the Dolphins finished the game shooting 37.5 percent (27-of-72).
JU held the rebounding edge over FAMU 50-38, while the Dolphins committed 25 turnovers, while FAMU finished with 12.
With the win, FAMU raises their record to 1-0, while JU lowers their record to 0-1.
The Lady Rattlers will return to action on November 16 as they will travel to DeLand, Fla., to take on Stetson University in a non-conference matchup.