Amari Godwin, Correspondent (@AmariGodwinFS on Twitter)
The Florida A&M women basketball team (4-15, 2-4 MEAC) overcame a slow start against Maryland Eastern Shore (8-8, 2-3) on Monday in the Al Lawson Multipurpose Center. The Lady Rattlers forced 17 turnovers to defeat the Lady Hawks 59-49.
Shakerrya Morrison led the team with 9 rebounds on a night where FAMU grabbed 45 boards as a team. Shalaunda Burney-Robinson, a 6’4 Sophomore for FAMU, used her height to her team’s advantage in the second half as she came in with energy and good defense to make sure her team did not fall behind. Burney-Robinson’s aggressiveness in the third and fourth quarters helped the Rattlers stay in the lead throughout the rest of the game as she put up 21 points and seven rebounds.
“Out there I feel eager to compete because I know how much time we have on this team and as soon as everybody reverses that, everybody can see exactly what we have. Tonight, we showed a little bit of it, but we got have more. I just feel like we have a great talented team and we can continue to be as great,” Burney-Robinson said.
The Lady Rattlers struggled on the offensive end, only shooting 27.5%.
“It’s something we’re going to have to keep working on. I think they rushed a lot of lay-ups but we’re going to keep taking our time and keep going over it in practice,” FAMU head coach LeDawn Gibson said.
Their strength on the defensive end made up for the lack of offense, with the team forcing 17 turnovers against the Hawks, whereas Maryland only forced 5.
“I loved it. I loved the effort. I loved the team effort,” Gibson said. “They talked more defense, I think that made a made a difference too. Games before this I felt like we were very mute on defense and we’ve been working on talking, talking, talking.”
The Lady Rattlers will next play on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Al Lawson Center when they take on conference foe Delaware State.