Amber Calvin, Akysia Resper and Je'Lena Robertson were escorted to center court by family members
Feb. 22, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - Fayetteville State paid homage to its three seniors following a 75-74 come-from-behind victory over Saint Augustine's (12-13 overall, 7-9 CIAA, 3-7 Southern Division) in Capel Arena. Amber Calvin (Fayetteville, NC), Akysia Resper (Concord, NC) and Je'Lena Robertson (Houston, TX) were escorted to center court by family members as it was their last time on the floor in a Lady Bronco uniform.
Fayetteville State (19-6, 12-4, and 8-2) had its traditional slow start, trailing 29-36 at halftime to the Lady Falcons.
All-CIAA guard Amber Calvin led all with 27 points. Deja Middleton (Richmond, VA), who was named this season's CIAA Defensive Player of the Year and all conference honoree, finished with a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds. She also tallied five blocks. Akysia Resper was the third Lady Bronco to chip in double figures with 21 points.
St. Augustine's Regime McCombs, who threw up a prayer before the final buzzer, led her squad with 22 points.
St. Augustine's led by as many as 13 (21-8) at the mid-way mark of the first half. The Lady Broncos cut the deficit to one with 1:33 left and trailed by seven at intermission. After the break, the Lady Falcons continued to maintain the advantage with a nine-point lead (55-46) with 11:25 on the clock.
The Lady Broncos sparked a 14-3 run to take its second lead of the game (60-58) with 5:49 left in regulation. The game would take another tie (66-66) at the 3:03 mark and continue with SAU pushing a three-point advantage. The final even mark of the game (72-72) sat with 1:33 left, when Deja Middleton grabbed an offensive board banked the put-back.
Middleton put the Lady Broncos on top by one, after she was fouled on a defensive board and converted the free throw with 1:08 left. The first free-throw attempt was purged due to a lane violation.
Jeanne-Marie Wilson made a layup with 39 seconds to put St. Augustine's atop 74-73.
With 13 seconds remaining in the game, Head Coach Eva Patterson-Heath called a timeout to set a game winning plan. On the in-bound play, Akysia Resper drove the ball off a screen and dished it to Middleton with seven seconds left. The All-CIAA performer banked it in off the glass for the victory.
Fayetteville State remains in a divisional tie with Shaw University and await a CIAA coin-toss to break the tie.