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FAMU closes out home campaign with win over SCSU

Posted at 11:56 PM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 06:22:25-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | The Florida A&M University women's basketball won their 2020 home finale on Monday night, rolling past South Carolina State, 57-45, in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) game at the Al Lawson Center.

Florida A&M (6-20 overall, 4-11 MEAC) won for the sixth time this season and the third time at home, while also improving on last season's 4-24 finish. South Carolina State (3-24, 3-12) dropped into sole possession of last place in the conference standings with the loss to FAMU on Monday.

The Lady Rattlers are not eligible for the MEAC Tournament due to a one-year NCAA postseason ban, but FAMU did sweep the season series against South Carolina State, having won in January, 44-39, in Orangeburg, S.C.

Shalaunda Burney-Robinson posted her ninth double-double of the season and her third in four games, with 13 points and 12 rebounds, along with a pair of blocked shots. Kailya Jackson added eight points, six boards and a pair of steals, while Jhakya Dilworth chipped in seven points, two rebounds and one steal.

Jacquece Alston led South Carolina State with a double-double of 16 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, along with two assists and one steal. Heniaya Moten poured in 12 points, five boards, two assists, one block and one steal, while Jayah Hicks added 10 points, eight boards, one assist and one steal.

The Lady Rattlers raced out to a 13-4 lead, but the Lady Bulldogs rallied with a 4-0 burst to end the period down, 13-8.

Both clubs traded buckets to make it 15-10 with 9:20 left, before Kailya Jackson's 3-pointer put FAMU ahead by six, 18-12 with 8:30 left in the half.

Jackson led a 9-4 FAMU run which pushed them ahead by 11 points, 27-16, with 4:59 left in the half.

South Carolina State battled back and cut the deficit to 35-25 at the break.

The Lady Bulldogs opened the third quarter with a 6-2 run, closing to 37-31 with 7:40 left.

However, sparked by a triple from Jasmine Ballew, FAMU pushed their led back to 10, at 42-32, with 6:08 left.

South Carolina State used a 6-0 run before the media break to close to 42-38, but Mikyah Mack's jumper in the lane broke the run as FAMU led, 44-38, with 3:20 left.

Alston's layup cut the FAMU lead to 44-40 with 1:43, but it was Burney-Robinson's two foul shots with 1:07 left that gave FAMU a 46-40 advantage.

South Carolina State never recovered as FAMU picked up the home win.

> Florida A&M cut its turnovers in half, with just 10 miscues Monday, and for just the fifth time this season, they led a game start to finish.
> Both teams shot in the 30-percent range overall – FAMU 35.4 percent to SCSU 32 percent - but both had a hot second quarter, where FAMU outslugged the Lady Bulldogs, 22-17
> SCSU shot 66.7 percent (8-of-12) to FAMU's 50 percent (8-of-16) in the second stanza

Florida A&M returns to action on Thursday, March 5 at Bethune-Cookman. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. in Daytona Beach, Fla.

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