Jan. 6, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - The Fayetteville State women's basketball team avenged an earlier loss against Elizabeth City State with a 63-59 win on Monday night at Felton J. Capel Arena.
Deja Middleton (17 points, 15 rebounds) recorded her fifth double-double of the season - her second against ECSU alone - and Amber Calvin scored a game-high 19 points and converted 11 of her 12 free throw attempts to help key a come-from-behind win.
FSU (9-3 overall, 2-1 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) trailed 24-21 at the half and 28-21 with 17:43 to play in the half. But a Calvin 4-point play at the 17:19 mark began what became a 20-2 run over 5:59 that put the Lady Broncos up by double-digits.
"I liked our energy," FSU coach Eva Patterson-Heath said. "They were communicating on the floor, just encouraging each other."
The Lady Broncos shot just 20.8 percent (5-of-24) in the first half. In the second half, it was a different story. FSU hit 10 of its 19 attempts in the final period to ignite a comeback and then hold a lead.
The Lady Broncos still maintained a double-digit advantage with under four minutes to go. But the Lady Vikings (3-9, 0-3) didn't go away quietly. Down 57-46 with 3:16 to play, ECSU got a layup and four free throws to cut it to five.
Calvin followed that with a pair of made free throws, a theme of the game's final minute. She hit five of her final six from the stripe to make things difficult for the Lady Vikings.
"Free throws are definitely key factors in the game," Calvin said. "It was real important (to win this game) coming off of a loss. We had to get our confidence back."
Calvin is now an 86-percent (43-of-50) free throw shooter for the season.
The Lady Vikings eventually cut it to three after a Jadda Jefferies 3-pointer with six seconds left. After an FSU turnover, ECSU had a chance to tie. But an illegal screen followed by a technical foul assessed to Lady Vikings coach Alico Dunk erased its comeback bid completely.
The win is the perfect sendoff for FSU, which heads out for a long road trip starting at Lincoln (PA) on Thursday night.
"It always feels better (to travel) after a win," Patterson-Heath said. "I always tell them before the game in pregame conversations that your postgame feelings depend on your in-game effort. I'm pretty sure they feel good about how they won."