Lady Rattlers 58, Lady Tigers 45

 Feb. 19, 2012

The Florida A&M women’s basketball team got back on track Saturday afternoon, defeating Savannah State on the road, 58-45. The Lady Rattlers also picked up their 11th Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference win of the season.

FAMU (18-6, 11-1) lost their last game to Howard last Saturday on the road, which brought their 14 game winning streak to an end. The team was able to bounce back Saturday, and got a much needed MEAC win over SSU (9-16, 2-10).

The Lady Rattlers started the game out strong by taking a 7-0 lead, just minutes into the game. FAMU lead for most of the first half taking a 13 point lead at 2:27 mark. The Lady Rattlers went into the half with a 10 point lead over the Lady Tigers, 34-24.

Savannah State was just not able to stay with the Lady Rattlers in scoring the entire game. FAMU came out of the half taking a 19 point lead, which was the teams largest lead of the game, 28-49.

The Lady Tigers shot 28.6 percent from the field off of 8-of-28, compared to the Lady Rattlers, who shot 50.0 percent off of 12-of-26 shots.

FAMU was led in scoring by Senior Antonia Bennett, who finished the afternoon with a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Senior Qiana Donald also finished with a double-double. She scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

The Lady Rattlers were able to maintain a double-digit lead for majority of the second half to go on to defeat the Lady Tigers, 58-45.

With a win over SSU, FAMU is now 18-6, and 11-1 in the MEAC. The Lady Rattlers trail Hampton, who is currently in first in the MEAC standings. The Lady Tigers fall to 19-6, and 2-10 in the MEAC.

FAMU will go on to face South Carolina State in Orangeburg, S.C. Monday for another MEAC match-up.

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