Antonia Bennett had a stellar four-year career with the FAMU Lady Rattlers. She capped her time with the Lady Rattlers by winning the MEAC Player of the Year award for 2012, leading her squad to a 21-win season. After acquiring her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in May, Bennett began working out for professional teams and leagues across the globe. While the WNBA is the desire of most college basketball players in America, the success and reputation of the European women’s leagues was not a let down by any means.
Coach LeDawn Gibson was excited, but not surprised that Bennett got the opportunity. “We knew Antonia was the caliber of player that could play at the next level. Combine that with the work ethic that she displayed, it’s no surprise to us that she’ll have the opportunity to play at the next level,” Gibson said.
Tallahassee, Fla. (Feb. 29, 2012) The Lady Rattlers will be closing out their season tomorrow afternoon against the Morgan State Lady Bears, who beat the Rattlers last season, 63-54 in the regular season match up.
The Lady Rattlers are currently tied for second in the MEAC standings with Howard at 13-2. The Lady Bears on the other hand are second to last in the MEAC standings with a record of 3-12.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Feb. 23) The Lady Pirates of Hampton will be taking on the Florida A&M Lady Rattlers Basketball team this Saturday for the No. 1 spot in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. This will be the first meeting between both teams this season.
Both teams are currently tied for first place in the MEAC standings with a conference record of 12-1.
The Lady Pirates are currently on a five game winning streak, defeating Delaware State at home on Senior Night, 71-44. HU is led in scoring by senior guard Choicetta McMillian, who has a total of 351 points in 24 games and is averaging 14.6 points per game. Junior forward Keiara Avant leads the team in rebounds with 174 in 24 games, she is averaging 7.3 rebounds per game.
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).
After coming off a four-game losing streak, the Lady Rattlers were able to come together to defeat the Golden Eagles, Tuesday night at the Reed-Green Colliseum in Hattiesburg.
“It’s great to win,” head coach LeDawn Gibson told reporters. ” We played great basketball in the first half, and fell off some with their press in the second half. We solved the press and I was very pleased with the team effort.”
Senior Qiana Donald led the Rattlers with a double-double of 20 points and a game-high 17 rebounds that included 10 offensive rebounds.