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

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.

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.