December 13, 2010 by staff 

FAMU, Team Women’s Basketball Western Kentucky used a hot start to overcome a cold shooting day, AM & survivor Florida 57-50 Sunday at EA Diddle Arena.

WKU (3-6) shot only 33.9 per cent, but used a double-double from junior forward LaTeira Owens and a defensive effort to pick up his third win in four games.

“I’m really happy to get the win,” WKU coach Mary Taylor Cowles said. “Although he has not played the best game for us, I felt like that was good game today was … we continued to stay focused with a “we’re going to win ‘attitude. It was really fun to see our girls. ”

WKU had a quick start by taking 10-for-18 on the ground, but FAMU (3-3) was able to stay within striking distance – trailing only 19-18 midway through the first half.

Both teams went cold on the ground, while WKU was able to push the lead to 29-19 after a putback with Amy McNear 4:47 left in the half.

WKU went without a goal the rest of the half, allowing the Rattlers to creep within four at the break. WKU cold streak continued in the second half, with the Lady Toppers shooting for 9 to 31 on the ground, but could not take her fight FAMU. The Rattlers got as close a time when Antonia Bennett 3-pointer made the score 39-38 with 11:10 remaining before WKU used a 12-3 run to put the game away.

Despite the poor shooting, WKU was able to take care of the ball in the second half. After 15 turnovers in the first 20 minutes, the Lady Toppers were only three blunders in the second half.

“We came out strong and we focused from the point,” said Owens. “We just relaxed a little, but we managed to come back and win.”

Owens led the Lady Toppers with 16 points and 15 rebounds in career. Vanessa Obafemi junior guard finished with nine points, while McNear added seven points and 10 assists and tied a career high with nine rebounds.

FAMU shot 36.5 percent on the field and committed $ 17 turnovers.

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