Jan. 26, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, NC – After all of the weather predictions and CIAA Southern Division predictions, only the weather was believable after the start of tonight’s women’s game. Winston-Salem State (9-10, 4-5 CIAA, 0-3 Div.) shot out to a 17-point lead (19-2) at 9:43 and held on to a seven-point lead at halftime; 26-19. Fayetteville State (16-3, 8-1 CIAA, 2-1 Div.), who was recently upset by Livingstone Wednesday night, shook off the defeat and took a 61-56 victory over the Lady Rams.
Akysia Resper (Concord, NC) sparked a 15-5 run to end the half with a game high nine points. FSU made 7-of-8 free throws during the span and 4-of-7 field goals. The Lady Broncos were 6-of-20 before the break.
Resper continued to be a spark for FSU with a game high 16 points. Tierra Coleman (Cameron, NC) put up 14 points in the paint. Kristen Hanzer (Youngsville, NC) and Shuanda Ashforn (Fayetteville, NC) knocked in 12 and 11 points respectfully.
The Lady Broncos continued bucking after intermission with the first tie of the game (36) with 13:44 left. FSU sparked an 11-3 run, after the knotting the score, for its largest lead of the game (8) at 47-39 with 9:47 left.
Winston-Salem State, behind the efforts of Schatavia Gray, eased its way back into the game with the final and third tie (54) with 3:33 left. Gray led the Lady Rams with a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Dionna Scott and Tareka Cesar both had nine points.
FSU made 5-of-6 free throws in the final stretch to close out the victory. The team finished 17-of-24 for the night and improved its second half field goal percentage from 30% to 53.3% (16-of30).
WSSU held the advantage in rebounds (36-28) but had an astounding 29 turnovers. The Lady Broncos converted the opportunities into 27 points. The Lady Rams shot 39.2% in field goals (20-of-51) and put up 4-of-9 three-pointers.
Fayetteville State will travel to Raleigh on Wednesday for a critical matchup with Shaw University. Tip-off in Spaulding Gym is 6:00 pm. Winston-Salem State will travel to Charlotte for a matchup with Johnson C. Smith.