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Troy Women Face Florida A&M in Monday's Home Opener

The Troy women’s basketball team opens its home schedule on Monday when Florida A&M visits Trojan Arena at 5:15 p.m.
The Troy women’s basketball team opens its home schedule on Monday when Florida A&M visits Trojan Arena at 5:15 p.m.

The game is the first of a doubleheader, with the Troy men hosting LaGrangre at 7:30 p.m. The Veteran’s Day twin bill marks Military Appreciation Night where anyone with a valid military ID will receive FREE admission.

A free shuttle will also be available to easily get fans to Trojan Arena for both games. The shuttle will pick up fans from the Downtown Square, Malone Hall, Stadium Tower, Sartain Hall and North Stadium parking lots. Pick-up times can be found at TroyTrojans.com.

Live stats and live video for the game can also be found on TroyTrojans.com. The game will also be carried on WTBF 94.7 FM in Troy with an airtime of 5 p.m. For live in-game updates, follow @TroyWomensBball on Twitter.

Troy (1-0) is coming off of a season-opening win over Alabama State on Friday, 77-67. The Trojans will be looking to start 2-0 for the first time since 2005-06 when they started 3-0 with three straight wins at Sartain Hall.

The key to Friday’s road win over the Hornets was a pressure defense that forced 32 ASU turnovers, the most forced by the Trojans since Troy moved to the Sun Belt in 2005. Troy scored 33 points off of those miscues while Alabama State scored just 17 off of 22 Troy turnovers.

Troy, after leading the Sun Belt in scoring with 70.2 points per game in 2012-13, topped that mark in the season opener with a 77-point performance thanks to a balanced attack.

Four of Troy’s five starters were in double-figures, including a team-high 12 points from Preseason All-Sun Belt Joanna Harden who was 6-of-7 from the free throw line. Brooke Bowie (11), Ashley Beverly-Kelley (10) and Kourtney Coleman (10) were also in double figures.

Florida A&M (1-0) also picked up a season-opening win on Friday, defeating Jacksonville at home, 69-64. Jasmine Grice, the MEAC Preseason Co-Player of the Year, led the Lady Rattlers with 16 points on 5-of-19 shooting.

The lady Rattlers posted an 11-19 record a season ago. After starting MEAC play 6-2, Florida A&M went 2-6 down the stretch to finish in eighth place at 8-8.

Like Troy, Florida A&M was picked to finish fourth in the MEAC in 2013-14 and the Lady Rattlers have two Preseason All-MEAC selections in Grice and Kimberly Sparkman.

For more information on Troy Athletics, visit TroyTrojans.com. Fans can also find Troy on Twitter and Instagram at @TroyAthletics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/TroyAthletics.

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