By: FAMU Athletics
November 11, 2016
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Nov. 11) – A cold shooting fourth quarter was the difference Friday evening, as the FAMU Women’s Basketball team opened the 2016-17 season with a 71-60 road loss to North Florida at the UNF Arena.
The Rattlers trailed just 51-43 at the end of the third quarter, but cold floor shooting in the last frame sealed FAMU’s fate, as they shot 14.3 percent (3 of 21) from the floor and 0-of-10 from distance.
FAMU rallied in the second period after falling behind, 20-13 in the first 10 minutes, slicing the UNF lead to one point, 29-28 at the break.
Meanwhile, the Ospreys (1-0), which outscored FAMU, 22-15 in the third quarter, closed out the game in the fourth, shooting a torrid 66 percent (6-of-9) from the floor, including a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc.
UNF finished the game shooting 45.8 percent (22 of 48) from the floor overall, and 57.1 percent (8 of 14) from distance, while FAMU finished the evening at 26.2 percent (17 of 65) from the field, and 19.2 percent (5 of 26) from three-point range.
Junior college transfer Shakerrya Morrison led the way for FAMU with 13 points and nine rebounds, followed by guard Cedricka Sweeting with eight points, and the duo of London Holland and Ecenur Yurdakul, who scored seven points each.
Yurdakul and Florence Ouattara (6 points) each pulled down seven rebounds for FAMU Friday.
UNF’s Claire Joannidis led all scorers with 22 points, going a blistering 6-for-6 from three-point range, followed Tesh Hanson, who turned in a double-double, with 18 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.