Fast Start, Strong Finish, Troy Topples Florida A&M

TROY, Ala. – Powered by nine triples from eight different players, Troy toppled Florida A&M, 79-50, Thursday night in Trojan Arena. 
For the first time since the 2018-19 season, the Trojans (2-0) had eight different players knock down a shot from behind the arc in a single matchup as Amber Leggett, Brianna Harris, Za’Nautica Downs, Tina Stephens, Tiyah Johnson, Janiah Sandifer and Gabbi Cartagena all hit a three-pointer.  
For the second consecutive contest, Amber Leggett (17 points) and Brianna Harris (12 points) paved the way with double-digit performances. The duo combined for 29 points.
The Lady Rattlers (0-1) were led by guard Anisah Douglas who posted 13 points.
How It Happened
Led by a pair of buckets from Leggett, Troy opened on a 6-0 run that eventually ballooned to a 16-6 lead at the media timeout of the opening quarter. Freshman Cartagena capped off Troy’s dominant first quarter, nailing a triple to advance the Trojans lead to 29-10.
Harris reignited the Trojans offense with a jumper 45 seconds into the second quarter. Johnson began to heat up, knocking down a three, her first points of the night, with two minutes left to go in the second.
The Trojans hit a four-minute dry spell at the seven-minute mark of the third quarter before Johnson took matters in her own hands, scoring twice in the final two minutes of the third period.
Troy’s newcomers shined in the Trojans impressive final quarter of play, as seven of Troy’s nine baskets came from a fresh face to this year’s squad.
Quotable – Head Coach Chanda Rigby
“In our first two games, we have started to find our identity. We’ve learned that we can guard the ball, and we’ve started to see combinations of who to play together on the floor. I love the way that Amber Leggett came out tonight. She scored six points in about a minute and a half. That is how we want to start the game. At the end of the game, we started to let them put us to sleep by dribbling the ball more. I would like to see us get out and dictate the pace of the game next time.”

  • Trojan Nation came out loud of proud for the second straight contest. Tonight’s attendance (2,579) marked the second largest women’s basketball crowd in Trojan Arena.
  • Tina Stephens and Tiyah Johnson both also posted a double-digit scoring game, each with 10 points.
  • Point guard Jasmine Robinson dished out eight assists tonight, two shy of her single-game high.
  • The Trojans scored 30 points off turnovers, the most since Jan. 23, 2021 against Coastal Carolina.

Next Up
The Trojans will travel to Macon, Ga. to square off against the reigning SoCon champions, Mercer. Tipoff from Hawkins Arena is set for 6 p.m.

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