TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Senior Tykera Carter's career-high 20 points spearheaded the Sacred Heart women's basketball team to a 73-68 win over host Florida A&M, Wednesday afternoon inside of the Al Lawson Center. This marks the first road victory for the Pioneers this season.
How it happened…
The game opened competitively as the two teams competed to a near draw after the first 10 minutes of action with the Pioneers just edging the foe, 22-21.
At the 8:47 mark of the second period, the Rattlers' Zhymani Smith saw her trip to the line level the playing field and put the hosts up one, 25-24. Further along in the eighth minute, Jayla Davis came up with a theft and the Florida A&M defense collapsed sending the freshman to the line. There, she converted both attempts at the stripe to put the game back in favor of the Pioneers where it would stay for the duration of the afternoon.
Despite seeing the visitors mount a 13-point lead earned at 4:24 of the third quarter, the Rattlers kept striking slicing their deficit by more than half, on a Florence Ouattara long-make with just 1:51 remaining in regulation.
On the next sequence, Ouattara sent Carter to the line where the senior guard put a stamp to her new career-high point tally.
FAMU continued to pounce evidenced by the two offensive rebounds on the ensuing possession. Shalunda Burney-Robinson crashed the board on Ouattara's miss before Shakeyrra Morrison worked her way inside for a put-back that saw the Rattlers trailing by just three with 49 ticks pictured on the clock.
Out of the Pioneers timeout, Jenna Silletti's close-range shot was left on the mark but so was Ouattara's long attempt with 21 seconds left to play. Allyson Murphy sailed in for the board and skipped the rock ahead to Erin Storck before the junior was invited to the line. Storck converted both free-throws to settle the score as the Rattlers' desperation heave hit back iron as the buzzer sounded.
Carter's 70-percent shooting highlighted the afternoon as she missed just one free-throw (5-of-6), helped for five assists, picked up two steals and grabbed a defensive board through a team-leading 34 minutes of action.
Storck netted five of her 12 attempts from the floor as she finished with 14 points, four rebounds, and an assist.
Morrison (15), Ouattara (14) and Burney-Robinson (12) added double-digits to Florida A&M's point totals. Ouattara and Morrison also recorded eight boards each.
Sacred Heart bested FAMU in points off turnovers, 12-8, edged the Rattlers in paint production, 34-30 and second-chance opportunities, 12-11, and the Pioneers bench outplayed FAMU's reserves, 22-11.
Sacred Heart sees Florida State Friday, November 24 on the backend of its Florida road-trip in time for a 4:00 pm tip.