Jan. 12, 2012
LINCOLN, Penn. - Alicia Person came up with a steal with 1 second remaining in overtime to preserve a 70-68 victory by the Fayetteville State Lady Broncos over Lincoln on the road on Thursday night.
The win, which Person (So., Henderson, N.C.) closed out by making a free throw after being fouled following her steal, snaps a four-game losing streak for Fayetteville State (7-6, 1-3). It is the first CIAA win of the season for the Lady Broncos.
Fayetteville State took a 3-point lead almost immediately in the overtime period after Akysia Resper (So., Concord, N.C.) made a 3 with 4:46 remaining. But Lincoln (4-11, 0-4), which led by as many as eight points in the first half, recovered to take a one-point edge, 64-63, on a foul shot by Cynthia Johnson with 2:51 left.
But Fayetteville State's Je'Lena Robertson (So., Houston, Texas) came right back with a jump shot to regain the lead for the Lady Broncos, who went ahead by three on a Bria Robinson (Fr., Belmont, N.C.) tip-in less than 30 seconds later.
The Lady Lions, though, trimmed the deficit to one on Denyse Moore's jumper to make it 69-68 with 1:20 to go, and had possession again after a Fayetteville State turnover with 4 seconds remaining.
That's when Person made the play of the game, sealing the win for the Lady Broncos.
Resper made four 3s to lead Fayetteville State with 16 points. Robinson added 12 points while Robertson added 10 points and four steals. Makeea Suggs (Jr., Bethel, N.C.) had nine points to go with team-highs of 10 rebounds and five steals.
Person finished with seven points and two steals - which both came in the last minute of overtime.
Johnson, who led all players with 18 points, buried a 3-pointer with 17 seconds to go in regulation to send the game into overtime tied at 56. Moore added 15 points while Sharay DuBose had 11 and Brittany Waters 10. Mfon Ekanem led all players with 12 rebounds.
The Lady Broncos trailed 25-21 at the half, with DuBose and Johnson leading the way with seven points apiece. Fayetteville State held the Lady Lions to just 28 percent shooting from the field in the first half, but struggled on the glass, with Lincoln using a 25-17 rebounding edge to keep possessions alive.
Lincoln build a 19-11 lead with 7:35 to go in the first half for its largest lead, but the Lady Broncos rallied, getting a Robinson field goal to trim the deficit to two with under a minute to go before the break.