Feb. 2, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - Fayetteville State University played its role in heightening the awareness of breast cancer during its "Ball in Pink" event in Felton J. Capel Arena. Decked out in their pink uniforms, the Lady Broncos outperformed Saint Augustine's 81-68. Shuanda Ashford and Kristen Hanzer combined for more than half of the points scored for Fayetteville State (18-3 overall, 10-1 CIAA, 4-1 Division). St. Augustine University (10-10, 6-6, 3-2) took an early lead in the first half and led 34-29 at halftime.
Shuanda Ashford (Fayetteville, NC) had a stellar game with a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds. The majority of her points came in the second half with 5-of-10 shooting and a 5-of-5 performance at the free throw line. Kristen Hanzer (Youngsville, NC) recorded her seventh game with 20 or more points with a 23-point day. She led the first half with 10 points and chipped in 13 to complete her effort. Britney Whiteheadalso finished in double-figures with ten points.
Four Lady Falcons scored in double figures. Briana Arrington led the effort with a dozen points, while Lakiya Rouse had 11. Porscha Walton and Jeanne-Marie Wilson had ten points apiece.
St. Augustine's jumped to a 7-0 lead at the tip. SAU held an eight point lead (14-6); it's largest of the game at 12:38 but watched it disappear when Ashford scored six points of an 8-0 run. The Falcons regained the advantage prior to intermission for the five-point lead. The Lady Broncos found it groove in the second half and pressed to a double-digit lead that reached 15 (81-66) with 27 seconds left in regulation.
Fayetteville State made 78.8% of its free throws with a 26-of-33 showing. The Lady Broncos also had the better performance in the post position with 38 points scored in the paint. Thirty of the 38 were in the second half compared to the Falcons 12.
Second chance opportunities were limited in the second half for St. Augustine's. FSU grabbed 31 rebounds; where 14 of them were from the defensive end. Seventeen offensive rebounds were put-back 19 points. SAU had eight offensive rebounds, which led to nine points, and eight defensive.
The FSU defense forced 32 Saint Augustine's turnovers; which converted to 33 points.
Fayetteville State will play host to Johnson C. Smith on next Saturday at 1:00 pm. St. Augustine's will travel to Winston-Salem State.