Feb. 9, 2012
PETERSBURG, Va. - LaMesha Deal scored a game-high 22 points to go with 10 rebounds to lead Virginia State to a 50-45 victory over Fayetteville State in women's basketball on Thursday night at Daniel Gym.
The Lady Broncos (9-11, 3-8), who were coming off a stunning upset of then-league unbeaten Johnson C. Smith on Monday, held the Lady Trojans (12-11, 3-7) to just 33 percent shooting from the floor and led into the second half before a 7-0 run handed Virginia State a 37-32 lead with about 7 minutes to go.
Virginia State built a 45-35 lead with 1:30 to go, and though the Lady Broncos stormed back within three, 46-43, with 17 seconds to go, they could get no closer.
Tashama Banner (Sr., Fayetteville, N.C.) led the Lady Broncos with 11 points to go with game-highs of seven assists and four steals. SheQuitia Manning (Sr., Capital Heights, Md.) added eight points while Makeea Suggs (Jr., Bethel N.C.) led Fayetteville State with 10 rebounds.
Marquilla Evans added nine points for the Lady Trojans, who did not have another player add more than five points.
Fayetteville State travels to play Southern Division foe Livingstone on Saturday.