Bridgette Gordon on how Pat Summitt influences her as Florida A&M coach
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Ahriahna Grizzle’s 27 points lead FAMU women’s basketball past Prairie View A&M
Ahriahna Grizzle put away a dagger with 33 seconds left in the game to give Florida A&M a 68-60 lead, and the Rattlers earned a 71-63 victory over the Prairie View A&M Panthers at home on Monday.
Grizzle led the Rattlers (7-15, 6-5) with 27 points and four steals. Nashani Gilbert added six points, eight rebounds and two steals and Sydney Hendrix also contributed with six points and eight rebounds coming off the bench.
Jaliya Sharp pulled down four offensive rebounds to pace an offense that racked up second-chance opportunities for FAMU, grabbing 15 rebounds and turning them into six second-chance points.
FAMU’s defense was problematic in Monday’s game, forcing 28 Prairie View A&M turnovers while committing 21. Those takeaways turned into 31 points on the offensive end of the court. Grizzle’s four interceptions individually led the way for the Rattlers.
How did it happen
After falling behind 13-7, FAMU went on a 13-0 run with 2:15 left in the first quarter to take a 20-13 lead, a score that would hold for the rest of the period. FAMU capitalized on 10 Prairie View A&M turnovers in the period, turning them into 11 points on the other end of the court.
FAMU kept its lead intact in the first quarter before going on a 7-0 run starting at the 5:33 mark in the second period, highlighted by a bucket from Olivia Delancy, to increase its lead to 35-24. The Panthers chipped away at that lead, but the Rattlers still held a 39-35 advantage heading into halftime. FAMU dominated in the paint, scoring 14 of its 19 points near the basket.
After intermission, FAMU continued to widen its advantage, pushing it to 42-36 before going on an 8-0 run to further expand its lead to 50-36 with 4:06 left in the third. Before the conclusion of the third period, the Panthers had reduced that lead somewhat, but the Rattlers still entered the fourth quarter with a 54-41 advantage. FAMU benefited from 11 Prairie View A&M turnovers in the quarter, scoring nine takeaways.
The Rattlers then held on for the victory in the fourth quarter. FAMU took advantage of four Prairie View A&M turnovers in the quarter, scoring eight points on those takeaways.
Defensive effort not enough as FAMU men’s basketball loses to Prairie View A&M
The FAMU men’s basketball team held Prairie View A&M to just 20 percent from beyond the arc in a 3-of-15 shooting performance, but fell 61-58 to the Panthers at home Monday.
The Rattlers (4-18, 2-9) had two players score in double figures, led by Shannon Grant, who had 15 points, six rebounds and two blocks. Jalen Speer added 13 points and six rebounds and Matthew Webster added eight points and 16 rebounds.
FAMU shared the ball well in Monday’s game, racking up 19 assists on 24 goals scored. Individually, it was K’Jei Parker who distributed the most to the Rattlers with eight assists.
FAMU did an outstanding job disrupting Prairie View A&M’s shots in the contest, coming away with five blocks. Grant’s two denials paved the way individually for the Rattlers.
How did it happen
After falling behind 17-12, FAMU went on an 8-0 run with 10:11 left in the first half, culminating with a bucket from Grant, to take a 20-17 lead. The Rattlers then lost some of that lead, but still went into halftime with a 29-27 advantage. FAMU did most of its damage in the first half in the paint, scoring 16 of its 29 points near the basket.
Prairie View A&M took a 51-43 lead before FAMU went on a 6-0 run, capped by Parker’s three, to cut the deficit to 51-49 with 4:35 to play. Prairie View A&M responded and dominated the Rattlers the rest of the way, finishing the game with a final score of 61-58. FAMU shot well from three-point range in the half, hitting four shots from deep to score 12 of its 29 points.