Grice makes history as Lady Rattlers win in OT



The Lady Rattlers continued their three-game road trip Monday, pulling out an 84-76 overtime victory against the Norfolk State University Lady Spartans.

FAMU (11-17, 8-7 MEAC) trailed 7-0 before a timeout was called. Then the Lady Rattlers responded with their own run to tie.

Both teams exchanged buckets until FAMU pulled away, leading 28-20 with seven minutes remaining in the first half. But the Lady Spartans (6-20, 4-11 MEAC) answered with a 13-6 run to finish the half trailing by just a point.

The Lady Rattlers struggled to take the lead, and NSU led 55-52 with five minutes to play.

The game was tight down the stretch, and FAMU was able to take a 60-57 lead with nearly two and half minutes remaining. The Lady Rattlers held a 66-63 lead with 10 seconds on the clock after a Lady Spartans 3-pointer. But FAMU committed two turnovers and allowed the Lady Spartans to hit a 3-pointer to tie, taking the game into overtime.

The Lady Rattlers started the extra quarter strong, scoring the first five points. However, the Lady Spartans continued their competitive play. But with stops and key buckets, the Lady Rattlers were able to close out the game with a victory.

Jasmine Grice, a junior guard from Quincy, Fla., led the team with a career-high 42 points. In addition to setting a single-game scoring record, Grice became the first Lady Rattler to score 600 points in a season.

Kimberly Sparkman, a junior guard from Columbia, Tenn., chipped in 10 points and four assists.

The Lady Rattlers will close their regular season against Morgan State University on Thursday in Baltimore, Md.