TALLAHASSEE, FL. (Feb. 4)–The Florida A&M University Lady Rattlers Basketball team (6-15) left the floor with a 55-51 victory against the Howard University Bison (10-10) on Saturday, ending the Bison’s two game winning streak.
The Rattlers struggled early on, fighting to finish against HU, who they fell to 58-72 in their first conference game in Washington, D.C.on Jan. 4. Freshman center/forward Ny’Asia Davis led both teams at the end of the first quarter with six points, one rebound and one block. Junior guard Kalybriah Haskins also contributed with three points and two rebounds.
“We played pretty good until the last three or four minutes,” Head Coach LeDawn Gibson said about her team’s first half performance. “We have to make some big adjustments,” she added.
The Lady Rattlers did just that. Trailing the Bison by 11 points at the end of the first half, the Lady Rattlers managed to cut that lead and emerge from the third quarter with one of their own before winning the game 55-51.
Junior center Shalaunda Burney-Robinson led the Lady Rattlers in points, finishing with 15 points, six rebounds, one block and three steals.
“I just play the game… There’s so much intensity and I wanted to win so much that it urges you to, you know… play harder,” Burney-Robinson said.
“Her teammates are trusting her around the basket and I feel like she’s one of the best post players in the conference… We definitely trust her as a coaching staff,” Gibson said about Burney-Robinson.
With a big conference win behind them, Burney-Robinson credited the win to the cohesiveness that the Lady Rattlers have gained since their 58-72 loss against the Bison earlier this year.
“When we beat them, it just makes us know that we can compete and we were the better team today… It just gives us encouragement to keep working hard,” Junior guard Dawn King, who contributed with three rebounds, four points and one steal said.