Jan. 4, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE - The frigid temperatures outside Capel Arena didn't affect the Fayetteville State women's basketball team on Monday.
Deja Middleton had a team-high 15 points and five Broncos scored seven or more points in FSU's 81-64 win over Saint Paul's College.
The Broncos have won five straight and nine of their last 10 home games dating back to last season.
"It's very difficult to stop a team that has balanced scoring," first-year head coach Eva Patterson-Heath said. "That's very good for us."
In just her second start of the season, FSU (6-3, 4-1 CIAA) junior guard LaQuasha Jordan had a season-high 14 points.
"I've been shooting well in practice and coach gave me a chance to show it in a game," said Jordan. "I was excited when she told me I was going to start."
Added Patterson-Heath: "She brings outside shooting that we've been missing. She played exceptionally and picked up some steals. She's there ready to knock it down outside the three-point line."
Middleton added a game-high eight rebounds and two blocks while senior forward Tiffany Haywood contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds. Leading scorer L'oreal
Price had eight points and four rebounds and Danielle Russell scored eight points and dished out six assists.
"We want to be an inside-out team," Patterson-Heath said. "With Haywood and Deja's (Middleton) presence on the inside, that's a one-two punch. Haywood is so physical and she doesn't mind banging. We want to continue that."
Patterson-Heath's team took a nine-point halftime lead and pushed it to as much as 27 in the second half. FSU forced the Tigers into 29 turnovers and limited them to 33.3 percent shooting from the field. The Broncos committed a season-low 20 turnovers.
"We're getting better," said Patterson-Heath. "With each practice and with each game I think we can see improvement. They are certainly more mindful of taking care of the basketball and that's been evident the last couple of games."
FSU travels to Pennsylvania to face Lincoln (Pa.) on Saturday. The Broncos downed Lincoln 86-56 on Nov. 21 inside Capel Arena.
Allukeshia Guy led SPC (2-8, 1-5 CIAA) with 21 points.