Morton, Middleton shine for Lady Broncos in opening win

Akysia Resper shoots a jumper during a game last season

Nov. 8, 2013

Final Stats

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - For every player on the Fayetteville State women's basketball roster, Friday night was a good night. All 12 Lady Broncos who suited up scored at least three points in a convincing 91-39 season-opening win at Capel Arena against Barber-Scotia.

"I thought we played well," FSU coach Eva Patterson-Heath said. "Defensively, I thought we pressed them pretty good. We gave everybody a chance to get some quality minutes."

The Lady Broncos forced 41 turnovers, second-most in program history and three shy of the record number forced against Salem International in 2012.

Deja Middleton, seeing the court for the first time in three years, nearly recorded a double-double in her return to basketball. The 6-foot-4 center scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

"I enjoyed it," Middleton said. "It was good to play on my home court for the first time in three years. It didn't hit me until right before we did the jump ball and I realized what was going on.

"It really hit me that I'm out here again."

Sequoia Morton struggled got to the line often enough to make a serious impact. She finished 10 of 13 from the charity stripe and hauled down enough rebounds to record a double-double of her own. The junior forward finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds in 24 minutes of action.

"I thought that was big for her," Patterson-Heath said. "We're going to need that kind of production from her the rest of the way. We told her that she had to rebound and she did a great job."

Fayetteville State was never in real danger. The Lady Broncos raced out to a 53-22 halftime lead and at one point led by 40 in the second stanza. Nicole Graham, Emerald Smith and Tiffany Brown finished with eight points apiece. Amber Calvin, Akysia Resper and Bria Robinson each had seven points. Resper recorded seven steals and seven rebounds, as well.



After waiting months to play a game, the Lady Broncos now must wait nine days for their next contest, a home date with Catawba College on Nov. 17.

"That will be a challenge," Patterson-Heath said. "We'll just get them in the gym. We'll be going to church (on Sunday), another team activity on Monday, then back in the gym challenging them every day in practice."

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