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Antonia Bennett scored 25 to lead all scorers.
Antonia Bennett scored 25 to lead all scorers.
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Courtesy: Florida A&M Sports Information
14 Game Streak Snapped In 68-61 Loss To Howard
By: Florida A&M Sports Information  
WASHINGTON, D.C.(Feb.11) - The streak has ended. After 14 straight games that ended in victory for the Florida A&M Lady Rattlers (17-6, 10-1 MEAC), the Howard Lady Bison (18-7, 10-2 MEAC) took advantage of 23 turnovers to defeat the Lady Rattlers 68-61 in a game with MEAC regular-season implications. The last time the Lady Rattlers were on the losing end was Dec. 9, 2011 against Nicholls State. The Lady Rattlers just couldn't overcome their errors and sparse scoring in the second half at the Burr Gymnasium on the campus of Howard University.

Antonia Bennett was a one-woman scoring machine in the second half as the Lady Rattlers went cold, going only 11-of-32 for 34.4 percent shooting in the second half. For the game, the Lady Rattlers shot just 47.2 percent. Bennett scored 25 points in the game, pumping in 16 in the second half on 10-of-15 shooting.

Still, Gibson has confidence in her team. "We shot ourselves in the foot. The story of the game was our turnovers. Howard did a good job of taking what we gave them. I am not upset with my team at all. I wish we could have maintained our streak for our Rattler fans, but I would much rather lose now than later on and get derailed from our season goal of winning a championship," Gibson said.

Tameka McKelton, who scored all of her points in the first half, end the game with 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting, including 2-of-5 from the three-point arch. Qiana Donald, would round out the trio of Lady Rattlers in double figures as she scored 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting.

Bennett would card a double-double as she ended the game with 11 rebounds to lead all players on the day.

Tamoria Holmes would pace the Lady Bison with 21 points on 8-of-19 shooting, including 2-of-5 from the three point line. Kara Smith and Saadia Doyle would chip in 13 points each, while Zykia Brown scored 12 points. Nicole Deterville grabbed four offensive and three defensive rebounds to lead the Howard with seven.

The game was a back and forth for most of the afternoon as their were eight ties and seven lead changes. The Lady Rattlers actually outrebounded the Bison 36-31 on the game. The Bison held their turnovers to just 13, which has been the achilled heel of the Lady Rattlers even through their successes this season.

Gibson could only sum up the loss as possibly a blessing in disguise. It is well known that the longer a streak goes, the closer you are to a loss. "Sometimes losses are good, if there is such a thing. We will learn from this and look to bounce back next game," Gibson said.

The Lady Rattlers will be off on Monday, but return to action on Feb.18 against the Tigers of Savannah State University, in Savannah, Ga.



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