Lady Rattlers soar over winless Eagles


The women’s basketball team went on the road and pulled out a 63-50 victory in conference play against the North Carolina Central University Lady Eagles on Saturday.

The Lady Rattlers (9-13, 6-3 MEAC) started slow as they were held scoreless for the first three minutes. However, they would go on a 14-5 run to take a double-digit lead midway through the half. NCCU (0-22, 0-9 MEAC), which was held to 41 percent shooting on the night, trailed by as much as 15 before going on a run to head into halftime down 36-30.

But the Lady Rattlers picked up their defensive intensity in the second half, limiting the Lady Eagles to 20 second-half points and forcing 23 turnovers on the night.

Jasmine Grice, a junior guard from Quincy, finished with 22 points, five rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals. Jamie Forman, a sophomore forward from Beach Island, S.C., chipped in seven points and nine rebounds. Kimberly Sparkman, a junior guard from Columbia, Tenn., added 11 points with a trio of 3-pointers.

The Lady Rattlers will have the opportunity to move up in the conference standings when they play North Carolina A&T on Monday in Greensboro, N.C., at 6 p.m.