TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Nov. 23) - The Florida A&M University Women’s Basketball team won their third straight game Monday night with a 64-42 decision over Albany State, at the Alfred Lawson Center.
FAMU (3-0), had three Lady Rattlers to score in double figures led by Tameka McKelton with 19 points. Antonia Bennett pumped in 17, while Deidra Jones finished with 14. Bennett led FAMU on the boards with eight rebounds, while both LaShonda Gaines and Jones finished with five assists each.
The Lady Rattlers took an early 10-2 lead on a Jones three pointer with 11:29 left to go in the first half, then extended their lead to 14 points, 19-5, as McKelton hit a jumper with 7:22 left, capping a 9-3 run.
Albany State would close the cap with a 7-4 run to cut FAMU’s lead to 25-13 on a pair of Callie Hamilton free throws with 3:51 remaining.
The Lady Rattlers would go into the break with a 28-13 lead.
ASU opened the second half with a 10-5 run as they cut FAMU’s lead to 32-23 on a Fields layup at the 16:16 mark of the second.
FAMU would answer with a 14-5 run of their own to take a 46-27 lead on a McKelton jumper with 11:15 remaining in the game.
The Lady Rattlers would extend their lead to 27 points, 55-28, on a Bennett three pointer at the 7:24 mark.
ASU would cut FAMU’s lead to 55-35 on a Hamilton put back with 4:10 left to go in the game, but the Lady Rattlers would hold for a 64-42 win.
FAMU finished the first half shooting 42.9 percent, while the Lady Rattler defense held ASU to 19.0 percent shooting. FAMU finished the game shooting 50.0 percent from the field, while ASU shot just 27.1 percent.
The Lady Rattlers held the rebounding edge over the Lady Rams 38-37.
Albany State (0-2) had two Lady Rams to score in double figures, with Nafeesha Frost finishing with a team high 16 points, while Callie Hamilton added 12. Breanna Fields led ASU on the boards with five.
The Lady Rattlers will participate in the Seminole Classic as they will take on Missouri at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27 and then will take on Auburn University on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 2 p.m., at the Tallahassee Civic Center.