Jan. 22, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, NC -- A slow start proved no problem for the Fayetteville State University women's basketball team, as the Lady Broncos rolled to a 66-49 win against Livingstone on Wednesday afternoon at Felton J. Capel Arena.
Deja Middleton (Richmond, VA) had her eighth double-double (16 points, 13 rebounds) of the season and was 7-of-12 from the field. Amber Calvin (Fayetteville, NC) chipped in 16 points and seven rebounds and Akysia Resper (Concord, NC) had nine points, five rebounds, and five assists.
"They found a way to pick up their intensity," FSU coach Eva Patterson-Heath said. "It's always so important in the CIAA to start off strong and defend home court."
The Lady Broncos improve to 2-0 in Southern Division play (12-5 overall, 6-2 CIAA), while Livingstone drops to 0-2 (11-6, 4-4).
Aside from mounting an early comeback, the only real obstacle for the Lady Broncos was towering Livingstone center Wende Foster.
The 6-foot-5 Foster had 10 blocks and was just two points and one rebound shy of a triple-double. Three other Lady Blue Bears finished in double-figures. Tiffany Evans had 13 points, while Alexis Hicks had 11 and Cierra York had 10.
After trailing 17-6 at the 10:15 mark, FSU closed the first half on a 25-12 run to seize a 31-29 lead at the break. FSU never trailed again. A 10-0 run bridging the first and second halves allowed the Lady Broncos to sprint out to a 39-29 lead. It was never really close again.
FSU led by as many as 17. The Lady Broncos finished 32.4 percent (24-of-74) from the field but shot 22 more shots than the Lady Blue Bears, who finished 38.5 percent (20-of-52).
The Lady Broncos had 19 steals and forced 33 Livingstone turnovers, well above the Lady Blue Bears' average 18 turnovers per contest. FSU also out-rebounded Livingstone, 43-41, and outscored the Lady Blue Bears 34-26 in the paint, 31-9 off of turnovers, 14-6 on second-chance points, 10-8 on the fast break and 12-4 off the bench.
"It's one of the goals that we put on the white board each game," Patterson-Heath said. "We have to win the turnover battle."
Both teams were extremely successful from the foul line, but FSU did a solid job of limiting foul shots until late. The Lady Broncos were 80 percent (16-of-20) from the line, while Livingstone converted seven of its eight attempts.
Fayetteville State will travel to Pikeville, NC, for a matchup against rival Winston-Salem State University. Charles B. Aycock High School will serve as the neutral site with a tip-off slated for 5:00 pm.