The Florida A&M women’s basketball team won decisively over North Carolina A&T on Monday, 70-68 in a road sweep of the Lady Aggies. This continues its seven game win streak, and it is still undefeated in conference play.
“This was a big victory. It felt real good beating them in their home gym, where everyone knows it’s difficult to beat them,” said head coach LeDawn Gibson after the game during an interview with famuathletics.com.
The Lady Rattlers played suffocating defense, holding the Lady Aggies to under 40 percent shooting for the game. They also held the Lady Aggies to under 30 percent shooting from the three-point line while securing seven steals and two blocks on the game. As a team, they out-rebounded the Lady Aggies 42-41. The Lady Rattlers’ fierce defense has been their calling card this season.
This is the closest win the Lady Rattlers have had all season, primarily because they struggled on offense during the second half.
They shot 41 percent from the field and only 21 percent from the three-point line. The team did shoot well from the free throw line, shooting 87 percent for the game. The team shot better in the first half than they did in the second.
Antonia Bennett, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s leading scorer, led the team with 25 points. Bennett shot 55 percent from the field, had three steals and grabbed 11 rebounds for a double-double. She was named MEAC Defensive Player of the Week.
“I knew my team needed me to step up offensively and defensively,” Bennett said during the famuathletics.com. “I think I went with what they gave me and played the best I could within that. There’s always room for improvement, and I’m ready to get back to Tallahassee to work on it.”
Jasmine Grice was the second leading scorer with 19 points. She also chipped in 2 assists and 6 rebounds. Tameka McKelton carded 11 points and Qiana Donald controlled the paint, securing 12 rebounds and 8 points.
The team is now 3-0 in the MEAC and 10-5 overall. It is tied with Hampton atop the conference and is looking strong heading into the second half of the season.
FAMU will return to action on Saturday at 4 p.m., as it challenges Savanna State University to kick off its two-game home stand in the Al Lawson Center.