Rattlers hold on for MEAC Victory against NCCU

Courtesy of Vaughn Wilson/ RATTLER PRODUCTIONS

Florida A&M University defeated North Carolina Central University in a Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference matchup Monday evening.

After a slow start, NCCU took a 10-9 lead to end the first quarter after the Rattlers shot only 25 percent from the field.

FAMU immediately took the lead in the second quarter and raised their field goal percentage to 38.9 percent and shot 80 percent from the free throw line. The Lady Rattlers went into halftime with a 25-19 lead.

They entered the second half and maintained momentum, finishing the game with a final score of 55-45.

The Lady Rattlers are now 11-10, MEAC 5-3.

Olivia Antilla lead her team with 16 points, five rebounds and four assist but was still disappointed in the performance.

"I thought it was a good win. I thought in the fourth quarter we allowed them to see life because we weren't making shots and they making everything," Antilla said. "Coming off from a loss it's good to get the win going into next week."

Khadejra Young, or “KD” as they call her, finished with eight points, 13 rebounds and three assists. she said that she is more of a leader through her actions than her words.

"I lead by example because I feel like I'm not really a talker. So when I go hard, or I do something the team feeds off me and follows my energy and just know KD gone let us down,"  Young said. "I try to let them know just follow me and we'll be good."

Head coach Ladawn Gibson said that the 10-day rest was good for the team to get rest and take care of small injuries, but it also means that they have to get back in the habit of their daily routines.

"A lot of them are pushing through. Olivia is having trouble with her quad, so they just kind of push through and we limit practice time," Gibson said. "Rest time was good but as far as basketball it wasn't because now we trying to build back up to where we were."

The Lady Rattlers are now preparing for their Feb. 8 matchup against Delaware State at 6 p.m. at the Al Lawson Center.