WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - LADY RATTLERS SNAP SKID, ROUT WSSU, 67-36 Eight-game slide ends as FAMU gets going early and never looks back Saturday
The Florida A&M Lady Rattlers snapped an eight-game losing streak here Saturday evening, using 28 turnovers by Winston-Salem State to breeze to a 67-36 non-conference victory at the Joel Coliseum Annex.
Florida A&M (10-9), won its' first game of the 2008 portion of the season, ending a losing skid which had erased the glow of a record-tying 9-1 start to the season before Christmas.
The Lady Rattlers converted the 28 Winston-Salem State turnovers into 25 points on Saturday, as they struck early against the youth-laden Lady Rams (1-16) to get off to the races.
FAMU jumped out to an 8-0 advantage only four minutes into the contest, as a part of an 11-2 run that opened up a lead that they would never surrender.
The Lady Rams mounted a challenge late in the half, closing the Lady Rattler advantage to only six points, at 29-23, at the half.
But FAMU, which had been outscored in the second half in each of the last eight games, would have none of that Saturday evening, using a 10-0 run over the first seven minutes of the half to build a 16-point lead, effectively putting the game away.
The Lady Rattlers closed the contest on an 18-6 run as they held WSSU without a field goal for the final 3:31 of play, outscoring the Lady Rams, 37-13 in the second half.
Leading the way for WSSU was Corbin Bradford who tallied 12 points in 35 minutes of work.
Pacing the Lady Rattlers was Q'Vaunda Curry who recorded a game-high 17 points. Joining Curry in double digits was Stephanie Foster who turned in a double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds in the win.
Taniyah Dawson and Kirsten Stallings had nine points each, with Joslyne Jackson finishing with eight points. Dawson had five steals, while Stallings had six rebounds and four steals.
FAMU out-rebounded WSSU, 49-28, as four players (Foster, 16, Curry, Stallings and Thyeis Halley, 6 each) had at least six rebounds Saturday.
CLARK HOMECOMING WIN: Saturday's win was big for Coach Debra Clark, who made her first appearance as FAMU head coach back at WSSU. Clark was head coach here from 1994-95 to 2000-01, before coming to Tallahassee, compiling a 111-85 mark in seven years.
WHAT'S NEXT: FAMU travels to Orangeburg, South Carolina for a Monday evening MEAC battle against South Carolina State (5:30).