By Florida A&M Sports Information
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Dec. 1) – The Florida A&M Women’s Basketball team dropped their home opener as Virginia Commonwealth defeated FAMU, 86-57 here Saturday afternoon at the Al Lawson Center.
FAMU (2-4) had two Lady Rattlers to finish in double-digits as Kimberly Sparkman led all scorers with 24 points, dishing out six assists, while Jasmine Grice recorded a double-double on the night with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
VCU (3-4) had five Lady Rams to score in double figures as Robyn Parks scored a team high 19 points, followed by Jessica Pellechio with 14. Kaneisha Atwater pumped 13 points on the night, while Janniina Koivunen added 12 and Robyn Hobson finished with 10. Shekinah Henry led the Rams on the boards with 14 and VCU had three different players to finish with four assists each.
The Rams jumped out to a 5-0 lead on a Henry put back with 17:53 to in the first.
Patrice Collie cut VCU’s lead to 13-10 with 13:23 to go in the first period. Then the Lady Rattlers would take a 23-22 lead on a Grice jumper with 8:30 to go, capping a 13-5 run.
VCU recaptured the lead on a Parks field goal with 5:36 to go, giving the Rams a 26-25 lead. Then the Rams would close out the half with a 12-3 run as they took a 36-28 lead into the break.
FAMU finished the first half shooting 33.3 percent (11-of-33) from the field, while VCU shot 50 percent (17-of-34).
The Rams scored the first two field goals of the second half to take to cut the lead to 42-28 with 18:36 left on back-to-back scores. The proverbial flood gates would open as VCU went on a 20-3 run, taking a 62-36 lead on a Parks field goal at the 9:30 mark of the game.
The Lady Rattlers would score 21 more points in the final eight minutes of the contest as the Rams held on for the 86-57 win. FAMU finished the contest shooting 29.7 percent (22-of-74) from field, while VCU shot 55.7 percent (34-of-61).
The Lady Rattlers will return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 4 as they will travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., to take on the Wake Forrest Demon Deacon at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum in a 7 p.m. tip.