Lady Rattlers look for 12th Straight Win against B-CU


The cold front may have arrived in Tallahassee, but the Florida A&M women’s basketball team is conserving the heat on the court.

The Lady Rattlers (14-5, 7-0 MEAC) team is looking for a 12th straight win against rival Bethune-Cookman this Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Alfred Lawson Center.

FAMU is coming off its 11thstraight victory on Monday night, as it steamrolled the Delaware State Hornets 84-65 to remain undefeated in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play.

Strong offensive and defensive displays over the last few weeks have earned to the Lady Rattlers notice. They are now leading the conference standings.

Members of the team plan to use their momentum to build more wins. According to some, this involves playing with confidence, high energy and chemistry.

“It’s going to take the same thing we’ve been doing – bringing the energy and bringing our game,” said Qiana Donald, a senior forward/center from Jacksonville, Fla. “As long as we bring our game, nobody will stop us.”

Donald, who averaged 11.2 points and 9.1 rebounds a game, supported the team performance with 10 points and eight rebounds against Delaware State on Monday.

The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (6-13, 3-4 MEAC), on the other hand, are off to a rocky start on the season and have lost six of their last 10 games

Head coach LeDawn Gibson said she looks forward to the historic matchup and that she has a lot of confidence in her team. According to Gibson, if the team continues its hard work, then it will come out victorious.

“To continue the streak, we just have to play together and have fun,” Gibson said. “We have to continue to stick to the basic principles. The girls are excited and are looking forward to play home. We just have to stay humble and focused, if we do that, everything will fall into place. And we should have Jasmine Grice back at the time.”

Grice, who is an integral part of the offense, suffered a head injury against South Carolina State last week. Gibson said Grice should be ready by game time.