Feb. 5, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - Je'Lena Robertson felt like she'd have a big game in the hours leading up to the Fayetteville State women's basketball game against Shaw. Her premonition proved correct in a 74-58 win at Felton J. Capel Arena on Wednesday evening.
Robertson (Houston, TX) scored a career-high 19 points on 5-of-10 shooting to propel the Lady Broncos into first place by themselves after the dismantling of previously unbeaten-in-division-play Shaw.
"My mind was on the Shaw game all day today, my focus was," Robertson said. "So I knew this was going to be one of my best games."
Deja Middleton (Richmond, VA) scored a season-high 21 points and had 16 rebounds to earn her 10th double-double of the season. Bria Robinson (Charlotte, NC) also had a double-double, scoring 10 points and recording 10 rebounds off the bench. Amber Calvin (Fayetteville, NC) finished with 11 points.
FSU improves to 16-4 overall, 9-2 in the CIAA and 5-0 in Southern Division play.
The Lady Broncos started slow out of the gates once again. But that's been a trait FSU has overcome all season long.
This time, Shaw sprinted out to a 26-14 lead before FSU came storming back, eventually pulling to within 32-31 at the half on Robertson's buzzer-beating 3-pointer. In the second stanza, FSU used a 7-0 run to take a 44-38 lead. The Lady Broncos lead never got smaller than four - and it got as high as 17 - the rest of the way.
"They understand that the basketball game is 40 minutes," Lady Broncos coach Eva Patterson-Heath said. "They understand that as long as there's time on the clock we have time to compete and time to win."
Perhaps the most impressive stat of all was the rebound category. FSU outrebounding the Lady Bears 48-44. Entering play, Shaw was averaging 50.6 rebounds per game and was outrebounding its opponent by an average of 10.9 boards per game.
The Lady Broncos had double the amount of assists Shaw finished with. Akysia Resper (Concord, NC) had seven of FSU's 20 for the game.
FSU shot 27-of-69 from the floor (39.1 percent) and limited Shaw to a 29.7-percent (19-of-64) clip. The Lady Broncos also hit 17 of their 21 free throw attempts, good for an 81-percent mark.
Fayetteville State had its biggest advantage inside the paint, where it outscored the Lady Bears 46-20. For good measure, the Lady Broncos also had edges in fast break points (14-6) and bench points (16-10).
FSU travels to Charlotte on Saturday at 5:30 pm, where the Lady Broncos will try for a season sweep of Johnson C. Smith.