TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The North Carolina A&T Women's Basketball team used a strong second half surge to get past Florida A&M, 69-53 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game here at Gaither Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.
The visiting Lady Aggies (16-5, 9-0 in MEAC) stumbled out of the gate and trailed FAMU by as much as 11 points midway through the half at 18-7, with 8:19 to play.
A&T began their comeback in the final stages of the first half, outscoring FAMU, 21-9 to seize a 28-27 lead at the break.
In the second half, the first-place Lady Aggies began to show their mettle, shooting 50 percent from the floor, knocking down five three-pointers to build a 10-point lead, 47-37 on a Tu'Wauna Cook layup with 11:03 left.
FAMU answered with an 8-0 run, capped by a jumper from Taniyah Dawson which trimmed the A&T edge to two points, 47-45 with 8:04 left.
But the visitors regained control, rebuilding their lead to 10 points, 59-49 with a little over three minutes to play, thanks to a 12-4 run, part of a 22-8 closing rally that sealed the win over FAMU.
A&T had four players score in double figures, led by Nancy Rembert's 18 points and nine rebounds. Ta'Wauna Cook added 17 points, while Amber Bland finished with 11 points. Brittany Taylor-James rounded out the quartet with 10 points.
Florida A&M (10-11, 1-8 in MEAC) was led by junior Stephanie Foster, who finished with a game-high 26 points. Denise Tate pulled down a team-high 13 rebounds, followed by Q'Vaunda Curry, who pulled down 10 boards.
Saturday's loss was FAMU's second straight and their 10th in their last 11 games, after a record-tying 9-1 start to the season.
They host Norfolk State Monday night in the second game of a four-game conference home stand in Gaither Gym, starting at 5:30 p.m.