Feb. 9, 2014
CHARLOTTE, NC - The Fayetteville State University women's basketball team dropped a 60-57 decision against Johnson C. Smith at Brayboy Gymasium on Saturday, snapping a six-game win streak in the process.
De' Aira Smith (Godwin, NC) scored a team-high 14 points for the Lady Broncos, who fall to 16-5 overall, 9-3 in the CIAA and 5-1 in the Southern Division. FSU stays atop the division standings by virtue of Shaw's loss to Livingstone earlier in the afternoon.
"The CIAA as a whole is tough and playing on the road is extra tough," FSU coach Eva Patterson-Heath said. "Deja Middleton sitting on the bench at the end of the game (fouled out) is a tremendous loss to what we are normally able to do."
Amber Calvin (Fayetteville, NC) was the other Fayetteville State player in double-figures. She scored 13 points, nine of which came in a quick stretch of time late in the game that saw the Lady Broncos erase a nine-point deficit.
Trailing 48-39 with 5:15 to play, Calvin hit three consecutive 3-pointers to knot things at 48-48 with 2:35 to play.
Unfortunately for the Lady Broncos, JCSU scored the next six points and never trailed the rest of the way. It was 56-53 when another Calvin 3-pointer landed short in the game's final 30 seconds and allowed the Golden Bulls to hold on.
Fayetteville State finished the game 20-of-65 (30.8 percent), while JCSU shot 42.2 percent (19-of-45). The Golden Bulls hit 59.1 percent in the second half alone.
FSU started strong, leading 18-6 before JCSU found its offense and a way back in the game. After the Golden Bulls cut the Lady Broncos lead to 8-6 on an Ashley Porter layup, the Lady Broncos scored the next 10 points on an Emerald Smith jumper, a Bria Robinson layup, a Calvin layup and two free throws apiece from Robinson and Je' Lena Robertson.
It was 21-12 before the Golden Bulls closed out the half on an 8-0 run.
In the first half, FSU held advantages in points in the paint (10-8), points off turnovers (8-7), second-chance points (9-5), bench points (8-6) and fast break points (2-0).
For the game, the Lady Broncos were outrebounded 46-31 and turned the ball over 17 times. FSU forced 29 Golden Bulls miscues and outscored JCSU 22-12 in points off turnovers. The Lady Broncos also outscored Johnson C. Smith 30-26 in points in the paint.
Fayetteville State returns to action on Wednesday at Livingstone at 5:30 p.m.