RALEIGH - L'oreal Price is very familiar with Spaulding gymnasium.

A native of Raleigh, Price played pickup on Shaw's home court many times during her prep career.

That familiarity was evident on Wednesday as Price had a double-double and helped Fayetteville State to a crucial 72-68 win over the Bears.

FSU (16-8, 12-6 CIAA, 7-2 Western Division) has won four straight games against SU.

Price led the Broncos with 17 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high six assists. Junior guard LaQuasha Jordan nailed three 3-pointers en route to 13 points while Tiffany Haywood added 13 points and six rebounds.

Danielle Russell, who was battling sickness, had 12 points and five assists for FSU.

The game was tight for the final 10 minutes with FSU never leading by more than five. But, clutch shooting and timely baskets down the stretch helped to preserve the win.

FSU head coach Eva Patterson-Heath's team had one of its best performances from the free-throw line. Six Broncos made free throws and FSU shot 86.7 percent from the line.

Defensively, SU shot just 29.9 percent from the field. FSU has held its opponents to 40 percent or below shooting in 18 consecutive games.

Tanisha McGaughey, SU's leading scorer, had 17 points but was only 3-of-19 from the field. In two games against the Bears, FSU has limited the talented scorer to 11-of-47 shooting.

Price and FSU will be in Raleigh again on Thursday for what amounts to the CIAA Western Division championship game at St. Augustine's College.

Both FSU and SAC have two losses in the Western Division and one game to play this weekend. Due to the Broncos' 60-49 win over the Falcons inside Capel Arena on Feb. 6, a win on Thursday would give them the head-to-head tiebreaker advantage and their second straight division title.

FSU led 38-25 at halftime, thanks to a 16-5 run to close the first half.



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