Lady Rattlers Earn Their Second Conference Win

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida A&M Lady Rattlers had five players score in double figures here Monday night, as they breezed past Norfolk State, 77-65 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference basketball game at Gaither Gymnasium.

Florida A&M (11-11, 2-8) snapped a three-game slide with Monday's win, while ending an eight-game losing streak in conference play. FAMU came into Monday's game tied with Norfolk State and Bethune-Cookman for last place in the MEAC at 1-8.

The Lady Rattlers had a bit of trouble subduing shorthanded Norfolk, which dressed just seven players due to suspensions, but stayed within shouting distance of FAMU most of the night.

FAMU led 38-28 at the break and needed every bit of that advantage, as they just edged the Spartans in the second half, 39-37.

Stephanie Foster led FAMU with 13 points, followed by guards Taniyah Dawson and Joslyne Jackson led FAMU with 12 points apiece. Thyeis Halley added 11 points and Kirsten Stallings tossed in 10 points off the bench.

Foster and Denise Tate tied for game-high honors in rebounding with seven boards apiece for FAMU, followed by guard Q'Vaunda Curry with six.

Norfolk State (4-16, 1-9 in MEAC) got a game-high 24 points from Raychele Payne, who also pulled down eight rebounds. Ebony Gibbs finished with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Danielle Tate added 10 points.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Lady Rattlers continue their four-game conference homestand next Saturday, as they host Morgan State in a 2 p.m. contest at Gaither Gymnasium.... Next Monday night, the stand wraps up with a 5:30 tilt against defending regular season champion Coppin State.

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