Rattlers ready to come home



The Women’s Basketball team will get ready for another conference game against Howard University.  Saturday’s game is the first home game for the women’s team since December 2, 2010. 

The team has struggled during the ten game road trip, which they finished with four wins and six losses. Returning to the multi-purpose center home crowd will give the team energy.

            The team will look to slow down the hot scoring of Howard University’s Tamoria Holmes and Saadia Doyle. Holmes scored career high twenty-two points in Howard’s previous game against Norfolk State.

Saadia Doyle is the second leading scorer in the MEAC averaging seventeen points a game. She also leads the MEAC in rebounding averaging almost 9 rebounds a game.

            “Their main player who is top in the MEAC is Saadia Doyle. We plan to pay special attention to her,” Coach Gibson said

            FAMU women held Delaware State to 32% shooting in the second half in their 66 to 56 win on Monday.  The women’s team will carry the defensive momentum of it’s last game into Saturday’s game against Howard.

“We are going to lock down defensively. We’re going to step out and be aggressive, run up and down the court and use the transition game,” Coach Gibson said

FAMU leads the conference in scoring at 64 points per game.  Getting started early on the offensive end will help the team.  Howard is last in scoring, averaging 50 points per game.

            The lady Rattlers have their own perimeter shooting and inside scoring attack. Tameka McKelton and Antonia Bennett are top five in scoring per game in the MEAC. Shooting inside the paint and setting up quality shot selection from the perimeter gives FAMU versatility offensively.            

Coach Gibson said leading scorer Tameka McKelton likes big games and she expects her to show up in this big game.

Returning to Tallahassee to play in the Multi-purpose center for first time since last year is exciting for fans. The Women’s basketball team plays at 5:30 p.m. and the Men’s team follow them at 7:00 p.m. in a doubleheader.