JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The North Florida women's basketball team picked up its second-consecutive home win this week as the Ospreys came away victorious in a 64-53 decision over Florida A&M on Friday night in UNF Arena.
UNF jumps to 2-1 on the season while the Rattlers fall to 0-2 on the year.
Arianna Emanuel-Wright: 12 points, 11 rebounds
Tiffany Tolbert: 14 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
Adrienne Jackson: 11 points, 6 rebounds, 6 steals
Mya Moye: 24 points, 3 rebounds
Dy'Manee Royal: 11 points, 7 rebounds
Inside the 1st Quarter
The Ospreys raced out to a quick 9-0 lead in the first four minutes after Emanuel-Wright, Tolbert and Jackson knocked down baskets, prompting a FAMU timeout. The two teams went back-and-forth in the final half of the quarter as UNF held a 17-6 lead after the first 10 minutes. Tolbert paced UNF with seven points while the Osprey defense limited the Rattlers to 14.3 percent shooting from the field.
Inside the 2nd Quarter
After a dominant Osprey first quarter, the two teams battled tough in the second quarter with UNF edging Florida A&M 15-13 in the second frame. The Rattlers trimmed the Osprey lead to 10 points at 23-13 before Emanuel-Wright answered with a jumper. The Ospreys outscored FAMU 9-6 in the final four minutes to take a 32-19 lead into the break.
Inside the 3rd Quarter
Facing a 13-point deficit, FAMU opened the second half with a 14-6 run to make it a two-point game at 35-33 with 5:50 left in the quarter. The Ospreys bounced back with an 11-4 advantage in the remaining five minutes to take a 46-37 advantage into the final quarter.
Inside the 4th Quarter
The Rattlers cut the UNF lead to seven points on three different occasions in the final 10 minutes. Tolbert knocked down a three-pointer with two minutes left to extend the lead to 11 points and help seal the victory over FAMU.
Thoughts From the Top
"It wasn't pretty for us tonight, but we found a way to win. We have to show better consistency with our offensive execution in order to have the kind of success we want to have. We didn't shoot it well tonight, and we didn't do a good job adjusting to create more shots in the paint. We will grow from this and get ready for our next one on Sunday." – head coach Darrick Gibbs
Inside the Box Score
- North Florida shot 39 percent from the floor while limiting the Rattlers to 36.2 percent shooting.
- UNF clipped FAMU with a 41-40 advantage in rebounding while forcing the Rattlers into 25 turnovers.
- Junior Dasha Eremeeva netted nine points and grabbed six rebounds.
- Senior Ty Purifoy tallied eight points while recording four steals on the defensive end.
- The Ospreys are 3-0 all-time vs. Florida A&M.
The Ospreys venture to Bloomington, Ind. as North Florida battles last year's WNIT Champion Indiana on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m.