Nov. 13, 2012
SALISBURY, NC - Kristen Hanzer was in the driver's seat in Fayetteville State's 90-88 road win over Catawba (0-1). Hanzer, this week's CIAA Player of the Week, scored 35 points on 14-of-22 shooting.
The Lady Broncos (2-0 overall) scored the first basket of the game but found itself trailing 47-33 at the half.
Shuanda Ashford had a big game from the post with 21 points while Akysia Resper led from the point with 12. Ashford hit her second 3-pointer with 18 seconds remaining to tie the game at 88-88. Resper's steal on the following play led to the game-winning fast break lay-in.
Fayetteville State led by as little as two points in the first half. Catawba took early control with its largest lead of 20 with 1:16 left in the first half. The Lady Broncos broke the double-digit deficit with 12:10 left in the game. FSU forced 34 turnovers and limited Catawba to nine offensive rebounds to make its comeback.
The Indians shot 58.2% from the field and 72% from the line. Free throws helped Catawba to a five-point lead with 1:44 remaining but their turnovers sealed its fate.
Hanzer, a senior from Youngsville, NC, commanded a steal and a lay-up to pull within three (85-82) with 56 seconds on the clock.
Using fouls to manage the clock, Fayetteville State gave the lead back with a pair of free throws with 45 seconds left.
Shuanda Ashford (Sr., Fayetteville, NC) hit her first 3-pointer of the game to close within two (87-85) with 30 seconds left. After a free throw made and now down by three, Hanzer found Ashford beyond the arc where she hit her second 3-pointer to tie the game with 18 seconds left.
Forced to call a timeout, Catawba advanced the ball in desperation only to lose it to the hands of Resper (Jr., Concord, NC); who converted the turnover into the game winning basket with five seconds left.
Fayetteville State forced Catawba into 22 turnovers while the Indians committed 12 unforced. FSU took advantage of the mishaps with 36 points following them.
The Lady Broncos will play host to UNC Pembroke on Saturday, November 17 in Felton J. Capel Arena at 2:00 pm. Admission to the rival is free.