Grice is right as FAMU women best NCCU women

Feb. 11, 2014 @ 09:25 PM

Too much Jasmine Grice.

Grice scored 18 points in the first half against N.C. Central as Florida A&M built an 11-point halftime lead en route to a 70-63 win on Monday.

Grice left McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium with a game-high 34 points.

“You have to know where Grice is at all times,” NCCU coach Vanessa Taylor said. “She’s a high-powered offensive machine by herself.”

Another slow start clipped the Lady Eagles’ wings. NCCU outscored FAMU 35-31 in the second half, but the snail’s pace early on, plus 15 missed layups and 10 botched free throws, put NCCU in a bad way.

“It’s hard to fight from behind when you come out from halftime,” said NCCU’s Racquel Davis (18 points, 12 rebounds). “It’s a fresh half, but instead of the score exactly being 0-0, it’s a little bit more because now we have to catch back up.”

NCCU redshirt senior Jessica Freeman led the Eagles with 21 points.

“We have to be more consistent,” Freeman. “We play with spurts. We have to come out hard, and we’ve got to stop trying to fight back. It’s just like we do this every game, and we’re becoming accustomed to it and we can’t keep doing that with these teams. We can’t keep trying to fight back and then expect us to come in and win at the end like that.”

NCCU has been feeling out teams before deciding to punch — that won’t work in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, Taylor said.

“You can’t do that in this conference. You’ve got to come out throwing haymakers and everything else from the beginning of the game.”

FAMU (12-12, 6-5 MEAC) did a better job than NCCU (8-15, 3-7 MEAC) scoring both in transition and off turnovers.