Sparkman sparks Rattlers past JU
Junior Jade Cargill had 13 points, eight rebounds and four steals in the opener. Play Video
Junior Jade Cargill had 13 points, eight rebounds and four steals in the opener.
Four Florida A&M players scored in double figures and one of them, Kimberly Sparkman, hit a critical three-pointer with 1:27 to play to lift the Rattlers to a 72-69 win over Jacksonville University at Swisher Gym here Friday.

Sparkman, a junior from Columbia, Tenn., scored the last of her 10 points on the shot which broke a 64-all tie and gave FAMU (1-0) the lead for good.

After Sparkman’s shot, the Dolphins (0-1) fell behind by five at 70-65 before swimming back to within three at 70-67 with 12 second to play. The Rattlers’ Keturah Martin sealed the game with a pair of free throws with eight seconds to play.

The Dolphins controlled the early game despite committing 15 of their 25 turnovers in the first half.

After breaking a four-all tie on a lay-up junior Madison Scott, the Fin sailed along until late in the half when FAMU pulled ahead, 22-20, with 5:38 to go. The teams traded ups and downs and JU led at the half, 36-32.

The Dolphins continued with their cushion and extended it to 10 points on a Jade Cargill lay-up with 9:22 to go in the game and again at the 7:43 mark on a jump shot by Ronisha Mitchell.

From there, the Rattlers whittled away until the 64-64 tie with 2:15 to play.

Junior Stephanie Edwards led JU scoring with 17 points, Scott had 15 and Cargill 13.

FAMU’s Jasmine Grice led all scorers with 26 points, Martin had 13, Patrice Collie 12 and Sparkman 10.

JU outrebounded the Rattlers, 50-38, with Cargill snaring eight and Scott, Maggie Wilson and Edwards each grabbing seven. Edwards and Ciara each had four assists for the Dolphins and Cargill had four steals.

The Dolphins return to action Monday against Bethune-Cookman at Swisher Gym with tip-off at 7 p.m.