By Florida A&M Sports Information
DELAND, FL (Nov.16) – The FAMU Lady Rattlers fought the Stetson Lady Hatters tough for the first half, keeping the game to a close 46-38 score. But, in the end the Hatters would pull away shooting 56.1 percent from the field and 40 percent from the three-point line to win by an 88-67 margin, here at the Edmunds Center on the campus of Stetson University.
The Lady Rattlers, trying to fill the void left from the graduation of the MEAC offensive and defensive players of the year, have resorted to a more uptempo style of play that the team is adapting to. Coach LeDawn Gibson and her staff are working to find the right mix of players to suit the more aggressive style of play.
“We had a good week of practice. The shots didn’t fall which is something you can’t control. I thought we got down on ourselves,” Gibson said.
With a scrappy defense and solid scoring, the Lady Rattlers overcame the sharp shooting of Jama Sharp, who went 4-of-6 from the three point line in the half. The Hatters shot a scorching 54.3 percent form the field in the half, including 42.9 percent from the three point line.
Jasmine Grice and Kimberly Sparkman paced FAMU in scoring in the half, pouring in 12 and 11 points respectively. Patrice Collie chipped in nine in the half. Grice would also lead the Lady Rattlers on the boards in the first half with six.
Behind Sharp’s 18 points and Victoria McGowan’s 11, the Hatters also went 6-of-14 from three point range to extend their lead. McGowan was also a force on the boards in the half, pulling in seven.
The second half was all Stetson as the Hatters came out scorching. McGowan would end with a game high 23 points on 9-of014 shooting from the field and 2-of-5 shooting from three-point range. Sharp ended with 18 points, while Shanasa Sanders scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field. McGowan would card 12 total rebounds to seal the double double.
For the Lady Rattlers, Grice would end as the top scorer with 19, followed by Sparkman with 18 and Collie with 13. Collie pulled down 10 rebounds to complete the double double.
Gibson does see some promise in her team’s effort. “We’re still looking for our team chemistry. We lost a lot from last year. We’re learning each other. Stetson in a really good ball team, that’s why we play the tough non-conference schedule to get ready for conference. We threw a lot of different defenses at them. We’ve got to be able to do that in every game. Our girls will just have to adjust,” Gibson concluded.
FAMU shot 28.6 percent in the first half and 33.3 percent in the second. The team also went 9-29 from the three point line, scoring 31 percent.
The Lady Rattlers return to action on Fri., Nov.23 as they face Kent State in Atlanta,GA at the Georgia State Tournament.