After two wins in a row, FAMU has shown they don’t miss the presence of former standout players Marke Freeman and Secrett Anderson.
In the home opener of the Lady Rattler basketball season FAMU dismantled the Mercer University Lady Bears 78-57.
Mercer had no answer to the FAMU athleticism as the Lady Rattlers shot 44 percent from the field and out rebounded their opponents 48-34.
“Coach Clark told us just because we have the lead don’t get complacent so they can come back,” said Stephanie Foster.
The Lady Tigers offense was stifled by missed jump shots as it only shot 33 percent from the field, connecting on a dismal 4 of 19 from three-point land.
Senior guard Joslyne Jackson paced the Lady Rattlers with 20 points and 8 rebounds crossing defenders over on her way to the basket.
Sharp shooting Q’Vaunda Curry scored 16 points off the bench as she made the Lady Tigers pay for constantly leaving her open. Curry shot 6 for 10, 3-5 from behind the arc.
All Lady Rattlers scored except for one player, as the offense was able to spread the ball around getting everybody involved in executing the offense.
Guard Deidra Jones had game high 11 rebounds and 10 points for the only double-double of the night; Foster added 10 points and 8 rebounds.
“We wanted to run the ball in transition because we are not a big team and our advantages are speed, running the ball and knocking down open shots which we did,” Foster said.
FAMU outscored Mercer in the paint by 14 points as junior Thyeis Halley threw her weight around knocking Mercer defenders to the floor and snatching rebounds.
Two more non-conference games remain for the Lady Rattlers as they take on Albany State today at 5:30 in Gaither Gymnasium before traveling to Savannah State Tuesday, Nov. 20.