Tallahasse, Fla (Jan. 21) --- Delaware State lost 57-52 to Florida A&M, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Al Lawson Center.
The Lady Hornets once again got off to a slow start, as they trailed the Rattlers 12-2 within the first few minutes of the game.
Delaware State shot just 25 percent from the field to start the game, while Florida A&M was red hot from the floor at just a shade under 64 percent.
Florida A&M cooled down considerably making just one shot in the second quarter. DSU took advantage and outscored the Rattlers 14-3 during the period. They received seven of those points from their star forward NaJai Pollard, including a layup with just ten seconds left in the quarter, giving DSU a 26-24 lead heading into halftime
Pollard finished the contest with a game high 22 points, and 13 rebounds.
The Rattlers received a huge boost from their freshman guard Jasmine Ballew, who scored 11 of the Rattlers 17 points during the third quarter, including three made three-point field goals.
Ballew finished the game with a team high 14 points.
After three quarters DSU trailed 41-39, and Florida A&M did not relinquish their lead in the fourth. They were able to get the lead up to seven on two occasions and held off the Lady Hornets last minute run, with some good shooting at the free throw line.
Delaware State shot just 20-of-61 (32.8%) from the field, including 2-of-17 (11.8%) on three-point attempts. DSU converted 10-of-12 (83.3%) from the free throw line.
Florida A&M made 19-of-48 (39.6%) from the field, 5-of-15 (33.3%) from three-point range, and 14-of-21(66.7%) on free throw attempts.
KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Florida A&M scored nine more points on three-pointers than DSU.
2. Florida A&M outscored DSU 14-6 in bench points.
3. DSU outscored FAMU 15-5 on points off turnovers.
NaJai Pollard has 1,729 points for her career and is 31 points away from having the third most points in school history.
Pollard also has 931 career rebounds, 50 boards away from moving into second in school history for most rebounds in a career.
The Lady Hornets have a few days off before they head to Washington, D.C. to face Howard on Jan. 26. Tip-off starts at 2:00 pm.