Showing posts with label Sports. Show all posts
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Lady Rattlers upset MEAC No. 2 Spartans, 59-51

The Florida A&M Lady Rattlers stunned the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s (MEAC) second place Spartans of Norfolk State 59-51 on Saturday at the Al Lawson Center.

FAMU was paced by junior Shakerrya Morrison and senior Alicia McCray, who each carded a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds. McCray added six blocks in her best defensive output of the season.

“I’ve been waiting all season on her to play like that,” Head Coach LeDawn Gibson said of McCray.  “It was a good team effort to beat a solid Norfolk State team.  I’ve felt all year that this team could beat any team in our conference.  It’s not easy to explain why we seem to drop games we surely should have won, while occasionally winning ones we weren’t expected to,” Gibson added.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

FAMU v. Arkansas game moved to Thursday

Florida A&M and Arkansas will be part of the first Thursday night of the 2017 college football season when they play in Little Rock. Originally scheduled to be played on Saturday, Sept. 2, the Razorbacks’ season opener at War Memorial Stadium will now be played on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.

It marks the first time since 2001 that Arkansas will open the season on a Thursday night. Arkansas defeated UNLV in the 2001 season opener. It will also be the program’s first Thursday night game since 2003 when Arkansas took down South Carolina, 28-6. Both of those games were also played at War Memorial Stadium.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Shouppe and Rattler baseball team ready for 2017 season

By Stacey Ragin
FAMU Sports Information

After a 31-21 season last year, losing only 7 of their 26 home games, and 5 of their 24 conference games, the Florida A&M University Rattler baseball team is hitting the field once again, looking to dominate in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

Although many of the same players who contributed to the Rattlers’ most wins since 2003 are returning to bat, pitch or catch this season, the absence of one major player will be felt.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

UCF Knights escape Pereira, FAMU, 2-1

The FAMU women’s softball team dropped a 2-1 heartbreaker to host the University of Central Florida in the UCF Softball Invitational Saturday night.

The game was a rematch from Friday, which also went to UCF, 10-2 in six inning, but this time though, the FAMU Women were determined to force a different outcome.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Rattlers rally, hold off slumping Aggies, 83-77

The FAMU men’s basketball team caught fire in the second half here Saturday, scoring 49 points to rally past struggling North Carolina A&T, 83-77 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game at the Corbett Sports Center.

FAMU (7-17, 5-6 MEAC) trailed 37-34 at the half, after shooting 42 percent (12 of 28) to the Aggies’ 50 percent (15 of 30).

The Rattlers turned the tables in the second in all phases offensively, shooting a robust 56 percent (14 of 25) from the floor, 75 percent (3 of 4) from distance, and most importantly, 94.7 percent (18 of 19) from the free throw line.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

FAMU softball drops 4-2 season opener to #20 Kentucky

The FAMU women’s softball team opened the 2017 season Friday morning with a heartbreaking 4-2 loss to the No. 20 University of Kentucky in the first game of the UCF Softball Invitational at the UCF Softball Complex.

FAMU junior designated player Toni Anderson broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the seventh when she belted a solo homer to give the Rattler women a 2-1 lead headed into the bottom of the seventh.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Hornets sting Rattlers in MEAC overtime thriller

Nick Severado grabs a rebound over a Hornet player
By Stacey Ragin
FAMU Sports Information

The Florida A&M Rattler Basketball team (6-17) faced off against the Delaware State Hornets (8-18) in a conference match up, resulting in a 77-80 loss, giving the Hornets their second win in a row in overtime.

It was a battle from the beginning, as the Rattlers fought to get and keep leads on the Hornets, who they defeated 81-68 in Dover barely a week ago.

Friday, February 10, 2017

FAMU softball team continues to support South Side families through its volunteer work

Head Coach Veronica Wiggins and the FAMU softball team volunteering at Bethel AME
By Stacey Ragin
FAMU Sports Information

The Florida A&M University softball team is no stranger to community service. For years, the team has had a tradition of volunteering with the local Bethel AME Church, working hard to provide complete Thanksgiving meals for local low-income families on the South Side of Tallahassee.

This is just a portion of their numerous local contributions.  Each season, they designate a game “Breast Cancer Awareness Day,” where they honor those afflicted with the disease.  They also participate in “Trunk or Treat,” a community-oriented festival for youth to visit the campus and enjoy a safe Halloween experience.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Lady Rattlers extend streak to six by downing Hornets

By Stacey Ragin
FAMU Sports Information

The Florida A&M Lady Rattlers (7-16) clinched yet another conference win against the Delaware State Hornets (3-21) on Monday in the Lawson Center with a 69-61 victory.

Despite some difficulties early on, the Lady Rattlers managed to leave the Hornets to trail for the large majority of the game. By the end of the first quarter, junior guard Shakerrya Morrison had already out-rebounded the entire Hornets team with nine.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Rattlers drop Bison, 78-66, to complete series sweep

By Stacey Ragin
FAMU Sports Information

The Florida A&M Rattler Basketball team (6-16) used a team effort to best the Howard Bison (5-18), handing the Bison their fourth consecutive loss.

Leading early on, the Rattlers fought to keep their lead against the Bison, who they defeated 78-66 on Howard’s home court in their first conference game on Jan. 4th.

FAMU Lady Rattlers defeat Howard, 55-51

By Stacey Ragin
FAMU Sports Information

The Florida A&M University Lady Rattlers Basketball team (6-15) left the floor with a 55-51 victory against the Howard University Bison (10-10) on Saturday, ending the Bison’s two game winning streak.

The Rattlers struggled early on, fighting to finish against HU, who they fell to 58-72 in their first conference game in Washington, D.C.on Jan. 4. Freshman center/forward Ny’Asia Davis led both teams at the end of the first quarter with six points, one rebound and one block. Junior guard Kalybriah Haskins also contributed with three points and two rebounds.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Four Rattler baseball players make 2017 Preseason All-MEAC Team

Four Florida A&M University Rattler Baseball players were named to the 2017 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Preseason All-Star team, as selected by the MEAC’s coaches and sports information directors.

First baseman/catcher Brian Davis, third baseman Ben Ellzey and sophomore outfielder Willis McDaniel were first-team selections from FAMU, while catcher/designated hitter Jacky Miles, Jr., was named to the second team.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Five FAMUans named to preseason All-MEAC softball team

Five Florida A&M women’s softball players were named to the 2017 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Preseason All-Conference Team announced by the league office.

Headlining the group from FAMU is senior pitcher Kenya Pereira, who was named Preseason Pitcher of the Year for the second straight season. The Kissimmee, Florida native has won the Most Outstanding Player Award at the MEAC Tournament in 2014 and 2015, and was the regular season 2016 Pitcher of the Year, posted a 14-16 overall record, a 3.36 ERA, with 138 strikeouts in 193.2 innings.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

FAMU women crush Morgan State, 61-26

The FAMU women’s basketball team won its third straight game in runaway fashion Monday night in a 61-26 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory over Morgan State at Hill Fieldhouse.

Junior center Shalunda Burney-Robinson led all scorers with 14 points, to go with six rebounds, followed by junior Alicia McCray with 11 points and six boards. Shakerrya Morrison pulled down a career high 15 rebounds, 12 on the defensive end for FAMU, which finished with 38 defensive boards on the evening.

The Rattler women, who had been plagued by sub .400 field goal shooting all season, shot 51.7 percent (28 of 49) from the floor, while limiting the homestanding Bears (2-19, 0-8 MEAC) to a dismal 16.1 percent shooting (9 of 56), including a dreadful 12 percent (3 of 25) in the first half, as FAMU outpaced their hosts, 35-7 in the first two quarters.

FAMU held Morgan to single digit scoring in the first three quarters (three in the first; four in the second; five in the third), before the Bears managed 14 points in the final stanza.

Florida A&M (6-15, 4-4 MEAC) moved into the middle of the pack in the league standings at the halfway point of the 16-game conference schedule with Monday’s win, and the timing couldn’t be better as the Rattler Women have four of their next six MEAC games at home beginning Saturday.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Second half surge lifts FAMU women past DSU, 65-56

The FAMU women’s Basketball team pulled away from host Delaware State in the second half Saturday afternoon, for a 65-56 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory at Memorial Hall.

For FAMU (5-15, 3-4 MEAC), the win was the team’s second straight, the first time all season they had managed back-to-back victories, and they clinched the win with a second half scoring surge which built on their slim one-point halftime lead.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Florida A&M releases 2017 football schedule

Florida A&M University (FAMU) released its 2017 football schedule Wednesday, which includes a season-opening home game for the first time since 2010.

The Rattlers will open their third season under Head Coach Alex Wood on Saturday, Aug. 26, against an old rival from the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), the Tigers of Texas Southern University, in the inaugural Jake Gaither Classic in Bragg Memorial Stadium.

A portion of the proceeds from the game will benefit the Jake Gaither House with a goal of assisting in the preservation of the home of the Hall of Fame Rattler coach, located just off the FAMU campus.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Bethune-Cookman men edge Rattlers, 82-76 for 1st MEAC win

Bethune-Cookman (4-14, 1-4 MEAC) captured their first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) win of the season, and it was their 11-point halftime lead of 49-38, and their winning of the free throw battle in the second half that sealed the victory for them.

The Wildcats hit 14 of 15 charity tosses in the final 20 minutes, which allowed them to hold off a determined Florida A&M University bunch, whih nails five three-pointers to put themselves back into contention, only to have their free throw shooting – nine of 16 down the stretch, and 19 of 30 on the night seal their fate.

Desmond Williams led FAMU with 20 points and eight rebounds, while the sharpshooting duo of Marcus Barham (17 points, five rebounds) and Justin Ravenel (16 points, seven rebounds), each went 4-of-7 from three-point range.

B-CU’s Brandon Tabb hit five of 16 three-pointers en route to a 29-point, seven rebound performance. Quinton Forrest added 21 points and six rebounds, while Diamante Lewis finished with 14 points, six assists and five rebounds for the ‘Cats.

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.