Register Staff Report
Florida A&M rallied from a 36-31 halftime deficit to bounce back to defeat the Lady Colonels 64-58 in the opener of the Southern Miss. Thanksgiving Tournament Friday.
Trailing 54-42 eight minutes into the second half, the Lady Eagles went on an 15-0 run to take a 57-54 lead with 4:34 remaining in the game.
Miranda Maples finally broke the more than ten minutes scoring drought for the Lady Colonels with two free throws to get EKU to within one at 57-56 with three minutes remaining.
But the Lady Colonels could not capitalize on several scoring chances over the next two minutes and two Jasmine Grice free throws gave the Lady Rattlers a 59-56 lead with a minute to go.
FAMU hit its free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
Marie Carpenter and Shelly Harper led the Lady Colonels with 16 points apiece. Harper also pulled down five rebounds.
Freshman Nicole Bowers added nine points off the bench. Miranda Maples finished with eight points, while Jasmine Stafford added six, and Mariah Massengill had three.
Thanks to big nights on the boards by Maples and Bowers, who pulled down 10 rebounds each, the Lady Colonels outrebounded the Lady Rattlers 46-39.
EKU forced FAMU into 17 turnovers in the game, while turning it over themselves 22 times.
The Lady Colonels overcame an early FAMU 14-7 lead, eventually tying the score on a basket by Stafford with eight minutes to go in the half.
The Lady Rattlers regained a 25-20 lead before the Lady Colonels once again tied it on a Maples jumper.
EKU forged ahead once more and gradually pulled out to the 36-31 halftime lead.
The Lady Colonels shot 34.4 percent from the floor and 35.3 percent from behind the three-point line, while FAMU shot 40 percent from the floor and 42.86 percent from behind the line.
With the loss, the Lady Colonels will play the loser of the Southern Miss- Mississippi Valley State game in the consolation game at 2 p.m. today.