Showing posts with label Sports. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sports. Show all posts

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Savannah rallies past FAMU women Saturday, 56-52

Missed shots and turnovers in the second half proved critical as the FAMU women’s basketball team suffered a bitter 56-52 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) road loss to Savannah State at Tiger Arena, Saturday afternoon.

FAMU (3-14, 1-3 MEAC) appeared to be in control, leading 17-16 after one period, thanks to back-to-back three-pointers late by Florence Ouatarra (1:32) and Dawn King (0.04), then extending their edge to 10 points, 35-25 at the half.

King nailed another triple with 6:24 left in the third period, then Shakerrya Morrison hit one of two free throws to push FAMU to its’ largest lead of the game at 16 points, 41-25.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

FAMU women hold off Morgan State, 51-48, for 1st MEAC win of season

The FAMU women’s basketball team held off a last gasp run by Morgan State to eke out a 51-48 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) victory at the Al Lawson Center Monday evening.

Riding a 6-0 run to take their first lead of the game, 44-43, on a pair of free throws by Shalunda Burney-Robinson with 5:19 to play, FAMU outscored the Bears, 7-5 down the stretch to notch their first MEAC win of the season.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Dandridge tip-in lifts FAMU past Coppin, 54-53

Derrick Dandridge’s high-flying tip-in with 0.4 seconds left lifted the FAMU Men’s Basketball team past Coppin State, 54-53 in a tightly-contested Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) game at the Al Lawson Center Saturday night.

FAMU (4-11, 2-0 MEAC) held a narrow six-point advantage, 27-21 at halftime, but found themselves in a second half dogfight, as the visiting Eagles (2-15, 1-1 MEAC) edged past their hosts, 32-27 on the scoreboard.

Coppin State had chances to overtake the Rattlers and possibly steal the victory Saturday, but their free throw shooting touch deserted them in the second half, as they hit just four of 14 charity tosses.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

FAMU women let early lead slip away during 72-58 loss to Howard

The FAMU women’s basketball team let an early scoring advantage slip away en route to a 72-58 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) setback to Howard University at Burr Gymnasium Wednesday evening.

The Rattler women held a 17-16 lead after one period, but fell behind under a 27-11 second quarter Bison scoring surge to trail 43-28 at the half.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Rattlers outpace MEAC favorite Howard, 78-66

The Florida A&M men’s basketball team turned in their finest floor shooting performance of the season here Wednesday night as they outpaced preseason Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) favorite Howard University, for a 78-66 win in venerable Burr Gymnasium.

Wednesday’s win ended a 10-game losing skid for visiting FAMU (3-11, 1-0 MEAC), which put on a torrid first half shooting performance, cashing in on eight of 11 three-pointers (72.7 %), and 51.7 percent (15 of 29) from the floor, to storm to a 40-28 halftime advantage.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Rattler Sports: 2016 Fall Rewind

The Fall Semester was overall a good one for Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) in the athletic realm, as the various teams all trended upward in 2016, setting the stage for the spring squads to build on that momentum in 2017.

Women’s cross country brought home a record fifth straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) title. The volleyball team captured the MEAC Southern Division, but fell in the MEAC Tournament finals. Football showed signs of revival on the field and in the grandstands among fans in 2016, while both basketball teams and the women’s bowling team opened their campaigns toward the end of the semester.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Williams named MEAC Co-Basketball Player of the Week

Florida A&M's Desmond Williams and North Carolina Central's Patrick Cole were selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) co-men's basketball players of the week, the conference announced yesterday.

Williams averaged 19 points on 64 percent shooting while also leading the MEAC in blocked shots (5) and tying for second in steals (4). Against Jacksonville last week, he shot 81 percent from the field on 9-of-11 shooting with four blocks.

Williams finished a three-game slate with 17.7 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Williams led the Bison to a 2-1 mark as he also shot 40 percent from the field.

Cole averaged 20 points in two games this past week as the Eagles finished 1-1. He also averaged 7.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game as the Newark, N.J. came close to a second triple-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists at LSU.

Friday, December 02, 2016

FAMU #1 among HBCUs, #3 overall in FCS average home attendance

The National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Football Championship Subdivision statistics through Nov. 27, 2016 list Florida A&M at #3 in average home attendance for the 2016 season.

FAMU drew 78,839 fans to Bragg Stadium for four dates, a total which was 11th nationally in total home attendance, but the per-game average of 19,710 was 3rd, surpassed only by Montana (25,377) and James Madison (21,646).

Among historically black colleges and universities (HBCUS) in the FCS, FAMU was #1 in average home attendance at 19,710, followed by perennial leader Jackson (Miss.) State at 19,660, good for fourth nationally.

Friday, November 25, 2016

FAMU volleyball team finishes as runner-up in 2016 MEAC tournament

The Howard University Bison captured the 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Volleyball Championship title on November 20 with a 3-1 victory over Florida A&M University at the W. P. Hytche Athletic Center.

Nicole Abreu paced Florida A&M  (17-12) with a double-double of 13 kills and 13 digs. Elena Dimitrova added 41 assists and 13 digs. Maria Yvette Garcia registered eight kills and 13 digs, while Valentina Carrasco recorded a team-high 21 digs.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Bethune-Cookman wins sixth consecutive Florida Blue Florida Classic

Quarterback Larry Brihm, Jr. was named MVP from Bethune-Cookman on Saturday, Nov. 19, as the Wildcats rolled past rival Florida A&M, 39-19 in front of 45,372 fans inside Camping World Stadium with B-CU collecting its unprecedented sixth consecutive win over FAMU in the annual Florida Blue Florida Classic.

For Bethune-Cookman, the win was the team’s fourth consecutive after suffering through injuries and Hurricane Matthew that led to the Cats beginning the campaign 0-5. Since that time, the Cats and Head Coach Terry Sims have rolled off four consecutive with an average margin of victory at 22.3 points per game.

The FAMU defense was sparked by Quenteze Gallon with 13 tackles, followed by Terry Jefferson with nine.

The offense was led by quarterback Ryan Stanley with an 11-for-25 passing day for 84 yards, while rushing for 57.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Five FAMU volleyballers named to MEAC Volleyball All-Conference Team

Nicole Abreu was named 2016 MEAC Co-Rookie of the Year
Florida A&M’s Nicole Abreu and Bethune-Cookman’s Alana Handy were named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Volleyball Co-Rookies of the Year it was announced on Wednesday.

The announcement came as part of the overall release of the 2016 MEAC Volleyball All-Conference team, voted on by the league’s head volleyball coaches and sports information directors, ahead of this weekend’s MEAC Volleyball Championships.

Abreu, a freshman outside hitter  from Lima, Peru ranks sixth in kills per set (3.22), sixth in points per set (3.61) and seventh in hitting percentage (.260). She registered nine double-doubles in kills and digs.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Stanley rallies Rattlers past Morgan State, 22-21

Redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Stanley fired two touchdown passes in a three-minute span late in the fourth quarter to help lift Florida A&M past Morgan State, 22-21 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game at Bragg Stadium Saturday evening.

Stanley, the Pembroke Pines, Florida product who has led FAMU (4-6, 4-3 MEAC) to four wins in his six collegiate starts, got off to a slow start, as did the rest of the Rattler squad coming off a bye week, Nov. 5, but heated up in the final stanza when it counted, going 5-for-6 passing for 54 yards and two TDs, while rushing for 49 yards on five carries in the final period.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Ryan Stanley added to Jerry Rice Award Watch List

STATS, Inc., the consummate source for news and information on NCAA FCS Football, has added FAMU redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Stanley to its’ Jerry Rice Award Watch List.

Craig Haley, director of FCS coverage for STATS, Inc., made the announcement in a Watch List Update released Tuesday afternoon.

The Jerry Rice Award, which goes to the top first year player in FCS Football, is named after the NFL Hall of Famer and former Mississippi Valley State wide receiver, who is the all-time receiving leader in NFL history.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

FAMU, Howard earn top seeds in MEAC volleyball tournament

The Howard Bison and the Florida A&M Lady Rattlers earned the top seeds in the northern and southern divisions, respectively, of the 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Volleyball Championship Tournament.

Florida A&M (10-0) won the regular-season Southern Divisional crown and earned the top spot. The Lady Rattlers are currently riding a 12-match winning streak and have not lost since Sept. 20 (North Florida).

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Lopez-Chavez named MEAC Co-Volleyball Player of the Week

Florida A&M senior Ginna Lopez-Chavez was selected as one of two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Co-Volleyball Players of the Week.

Lopez-Chavez (MB, 6-3, Sr., Lima, Peru) totaled 23 kills, five blocks, two digs, two service aces and one assist in wins over North Carolina Central and North Carolina A&T State. She hit .630, with a team-high 19 kills, in four sets against North Carolina A&T State.

North Carolina A&T State junior Samara Brown received the second Co-Volleyball Player of the Week honor. Brown (OH, 6-1, Jr., Raleigh, N.C.) averaged a double-double of 17.0 kills and 11.0 digs per match against Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M. She notched a match-high 19 kills against Bethune-Cookman.

Monday, November 07, 2016

FAMU volleyball finishes regular season with perfect 10-0 MEAC record

Senior middle blocker Ginna Lopez-Chavez had a team-high 19 kills Sunday, as the Florida A&M University volleyball team closed the regular season with a 3-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) victory over visiting North Carolina A&T at the Al Lawson Center.

Sunday’s win was the 12th straight match victory for FAMU (15-11, 10-0 MEAC) this season. On Saturday the team clinched its first MEAC Southern Division title since 2014.

Lopez-Chavez added four blocks to her 19 kills, while freshman Nicole Abreu added nine kills and 11 digs, and freshman Radka Dimitrova had seven kills.

Freshman Maria Yvette Garcia had six kills, seven digs and three blocks, while freshman Elena Dimitrova finished with 39 assists.

Samara Brown led the Aggies (9-13, 6-3 MEAC) with 15 kills in Sunday’s match.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

FAMU clinches MEAC Southern Division volleyball title with 3-0 win over NCCU

Florida A&M University clinched the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Southern Division regular season title with a 3-0 win over visiting North Carolina Central University Friday night in the Al Lawson Center.

The Lady Rattlers won their 11th straight match with the 24-14, 25-18, 25-18 triumph. Florida A&M (14-11 Overall, 9-0 MEAC) secured the top Southern Division seed for the MEAC Tournament after staying undefeated in league play.

Florida A&M hit .311 for the match and was led by freshman Maria Yvette Garcia, who pounded down 16 kills on 32 attempts with just three errors for a .406 hitting percentage.

Freshman setter Elana Dimitrova conducted FAMU's attack with 37 assists. Dimitrova added two of the Rattlers' eight aces. Her twin sister Radka Dimitrova chipped in nine kills and eight digs.

Sophomore libero Vanentina Carrasco supplied a match-high 14 digs.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Garcia, Dimitrova receive MEAC weekly volleyball honors

Maria Yvette Garcia and Elena Dimitrova
Florida A&M freshman Maria Yvette Garcia was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Volleyball Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. Her teammate Elena Dimitrova earned Setter of the Week honors.

Garcia (OH, 6-2, Fr., Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) averaged a double-double of 15.0 kills and 10.0 digs in wins over North Florida and Bethune-Cookman. She posted a team-high 19 kills in a four-set victory against Bethune-Cookman.

Dimitrova (S, 6-1, Fr., Sofia, Bulgaria) compiled 77 assists, 11 digs, four kills, one block and one service ace in wins over North Florida and Bethune-Cookman. She recorded a match-high 28 assists in a three-set victory over North Florida.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Volleyballers bounce B-CU, extend winning streak to 10

Maria Garcia had a team-high 19 kills to lead FAMU over B-CU Sunday
The FAMU women’s volleyball team extended their winning streak to 10 here Sunday, as they held off archrival Bethune-Cookman, 3-1 (25-20, 25-22, 22-25, 25-23) in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Southern Division match.

The Rattlers won the first two sets, before Bethune-Cookman edged out FAMU in the third set, becoming the first MEAC opponent to take a set off FAMU all season.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

FAMU women’s cross country team breaks record with fifth straight MEAC crown

Florida A&M broke a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) with its fifth straight Women’s Cross Country championship on Saturday morning at the Delaware State University Outreach and Research Center.

Florida A&M scored 53 points to win its ninth overall MEAC title and a MEAC-record fifthh in a row. The Lady Rattlers averaged a time of 18:52.52 on the 5K course and had all four runners finish inside the top 15.

“Last year we won our fourth in a row and set a FAMU record,” Lady Rattlers Head Coach Darlene Moore said. “In order to keep the kids from being complacent, we set the goal to go out there and set a MEAC record.”