FSU Claims the CIAA South with a 61-58 Win Over Winston-Salem State

Feb. 17, 2018

Final Stats

By Ja-Shawn Steward-Johnson -


Fayetteville, NC- In a battle for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Southern Division title, the Fayetteville State’s women’s basketball team defeated Winston-Salem State in Felton J. Capel Arena, 61-58.




In front of an electric crowd for its Ball in Pink game, Fayetteville State took a moment to give light to breast cancer awareness and honor special invited guest who has been a champion in the fight against cancer. One of the guests honored was a 28-year survivor.


The Broncos have now won ten (10) straight games. The last loss for FSU was on January 8th against Bowie State. With an 8-0 Southern Division record, Fayetteville State (9-5 in the CIAA) has a two-game lead over second-ranked Winston-Salem State, who dropped to 6-2 in the division and 7-7 in the conference.


Four (4) Fayetteville State players scored in double-digits. Breona Jones (Henderson, NC) led the team with 13 points and 5 assists. Shantel Bennett (Sanford, NC) and Jade Bracey (Durham, NC) each had 11 points. Courtney Best (Raleigh, NC) was the other double-figure scorer with 10 points.


The fourth quarter was an electrifying back and forth affair that had the arena on their feet. The period itself featured four (4) lead changes and three (3) tied scores.


With 2:28 left in the game, Bracey made her first of two free throws to tie the game at 55 for the fifth overall time. Her second gave the Broncos its final lead of the game. Courtney Best hit a jumper in the paint for a three-point lead (58-55) with 1:21 left.


Down by three (59-56) with 13 seconds left, WSSU called a timeout to advance the ball. Kandace Tate, who hit a game-high 22 points, scored a layup with three seconds left to move the Rams within one-point (59-58) of the Broncos.


A pair of free throws by Jones would seal the game, despite the three-point attempt by WSSU’s Teara Johnson that missed as time expired. Johnson finished the game with 16 points. She was 2-of-4 from beyond the arc.


The active hands and opportunistic style by the Broncos proved to be the difference in the game. Fayetteville State had 13 points off 19 Rams’ turnovers.


In the third quarter, Fayetteville State used a 10-4 run to turn a two-point lead into an eight-point advantage, 39-31. That lead was the largest of either team.


After trailing for most of the first half, the Broncos led for the first time in the game with less than a minute left in the second quarter. Fayetteville State took a 29-25 lead into halftime.


Fayetteville State will travel to Raleigh, NC to face the Bears of Shaw University on Wednesday, February 21 for a 5:30 pm game in Spaulding Gymnasium. Get there early before the gym fills to capacity.

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