TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | The Florida A&M University women's basketball team captured their first Division I win of the season on Monday evening, outlasting Coppin State, 58-48, in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) play at the Al Lawson Center.
FAMU (3-12 overall, 1-3 MEAC) also snapped a nine-game slide with the win, while Coppin State (0-16, 0-4 MEAC) remained winless on the season.
THE LEADING LADIES
Graduate center Shalunda Burney-Robinson recorded her fourth double-double of the season, scoring a team-high 13 points, while pulling down 11 rebounds. Junior Kailya Jackson scored 12 points, splashing a pair of three-pointers, while freshman guard Alaina Rice finished with 11 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals. Freshman Kayla Massop added nine points and five rebounds.
Coppin State was paced by Chance Graham with a double-double, 12 points and 12 rebounds. Alexandria Hamilton finished with 12 points, while Oluwadamilola Oloyode finished with 13 rebounds.
HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED
The first quarter saw both teams come out struggling on both ends, with the two clubs battling to a 12-12 tie after 10 minutes.
FAMU opened the second period on a 7-0 run to vault out to a 19-12 lead, forcing Coppin State to call timeout. Coppin answered with a 4-0 run to cut the Lady Rattler lead to 19-16, before Shalunda Burney-Robinson splashed a 3-pointer to put the Lady Rattlers ahead, 22-16 with 6:28 left in the half.
The Lady Rattlers went on a 6-1 run late in the second to extend their lead to 28-17 with 2:56 left in the half. FAMU closed out the half on a 4-1 flurry to grab a 32-18 halftime lead.
Coppin State opened the third with a 10-4 run to close to 36-28 with 6:34 left, and eventually closed to one point, before the Lady Rattlers closed out the quarter with a 7-1 run for as 45-38 edge after three.
The two clubs battled down the stretch, with Coppin State closing to 50-48 with 1:58 left, before the Lady Rattlers went on a 6-0 run for a 56-48 lead, capped by a pair of Alaina Rice with 48 seconds left.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
> FAMU had its lowest turnover total of the season – 18 – while forcing the Eagles into 21 miscues, thanks to 17 steals by FAMU.
> The Rattlers had the rebounding edge, 48-47, and they had the better shooting night, hitting 32.2 percent (19-of-59) from the floor, to 27.1 percent (16-of-59).
WHO'S GOT NEXT?
The Lady Rattlers will have a split weekend this week, playing Saturday at South Carolina State (2 p.m.) in Orangeburg, S.C., befofe returning to the Al Lawson Center for a 2 p.m. matinee against North Carolina Central.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | MJ Randolph finished with a double-double as the Florida A&M University men's basketball team completed its home sweep with a 65-54 victory over Coppin State in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) game on Monday night during Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night.
The Rattlers (4-11 overall, 2-2 MEAC), who defeated Morgan State on Saturday afternoon, led by as many as 15 points (26-11) with 45 seconds left in the first half and held Coppin State to just five field goals (17.9 percent), while taking a 27-13 advantage into break. Florida A&M never trailed in the second half in picking up its second consecutive conference victory.
Randolph finished just one point shy of his career high with 21 and posted a career-best 15 rebounds, along with a game-high six assists to pace FAMU. Evins Desir added 13 points and four rebounds, while DJ Jones tallied 10 boards, three points, two steals, two blocks and one assist.
Koby Thomas and Andrew Robinson led Coppin State (4-15, 0-4) with 12 points, while Dejuan Clayton chipped in 11 points.
How It Happened
After a slow start for both teams, Florida A&M got some distance with back-to-back buckets by Brendon Myles and Bryce Moragne to grab a 13-6 advantage with just over 12 minutes left in the opening half.
The Rattlers extended the lead to 19-8 after a Myles layup with 8:19 left, forcing Coppin State head coach Juan Dixon to call a timeout.
Coppin State couldn't do much from the field in the first half, shooting 17.9 percent (5-for-28) as the Rattlers took a 27-13 lead into the half.
The Rattlers pushed the margin to 38-21 after a Rod Melton, Jr. 3-pointer with 15:05 remaining, but Coppin State closed the gap to 49-38 after a trey by Koby Thomas.
Florida A&M extended the margin to 56-42 after a Nasir Core 3-pointer, but Dejuan Clayton answered at the other end and Coppin State closed the gap to 56-48 after an Aaron Robinson trey with 5:30 left.
The Eagles got a 3-pointer by Reggie James with 2:07 remaining to close the gap to 61-53, but that would be as close as Coppin State would get.
Inside the Numbers
> Florida A&M shot 46.3 percent (25-of-54) from the floor and 70.6 percent (12-of-17) from the charity stripe
> Coppin State was 19-of-54 (35.2 percent) from the field and 7-of-23 (30.4percent) from the foul line
> FAMU registered 347 rebounds, including 39 on the defensive glass
> CSU pulled down 30 rebounds, with 26 coming on the defensive end
> The Rattlers finished with 22 points in the paint, 16 bench points, eight second-chance points, five points off seven CSU turnovers and two fastbreak points
> The Eagles recorded 18 points in the paint, 15 points off 17 FAMU turnovers, 10 bench points and five second-chance points
News and Notes
> Coppin State holds a 37-23 overall record in the series, but has dropped its last two to FAMU
> FAMU improved to 14-8 at home during the Robert McCullum era
> The Rattlers also improved to 11-15 overall against Coppin State at home
> Monday marked Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night
> MJ Randolph's previous career high in rebounds was 10 against North Carolina A&T State earlier this season
> Florida A&M has faced two nationally-ranked programs so far this season – #10 Seton Hall and No. 21 Tennessee
> FAMU picked up a signature victory on Dec. 31 against Iowa State (70-68)
> The Rattlers have only played two of their 15 games at home this season
> Florida A&M has travelled 24,068 miles this season and will have an additional 830 miles with trip to and from Orangeburg, S.C. over the weekend
Florida A&M returns to the road to take on South Carolina State on Saturday. Tip-off against the Bulldogs is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center in Orangeburg, S.C.
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