By Ariel Bedford
The Lady Rattlers faced an opponent that on paper seemed their mirror image Saturday afternoon in the Hampton Lady Pirates, with both teams only losing once all season and having an overall team winning percentage over ninety percent in MEAC Conference play.
Hampton established a tough, no-nonsense game plan early that slowed the game down and made each possession seem like a mini-battle. The Lady Pirates implemented a 2-3/match-up zone hybrid on defense as a quick response to FAMU’s potent front-court proved effective, even though Qiana Donald striked first with 18:15 into the game with a nice baby hook from the right block. FAMU matched HU’s defensive intensity as well, however, with Senior Tameka McKelton dramatically blocking HU’s Jericka Jenkins as she drove down the right-side of the lane, with star Antonia Bennett also in position as rotational assistance.