Nov. 17, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - The Fayetteville State women's basketball used defensive tenacity to stifle Catawba College on Sunday afternoon. The 3-point happy Lady Indians nailed were limited to just one made trifecta in 17 attempts, enabling the Lady Broncos to get ahead early and hold on late for a 65-60 win at Capel Arena.
"We knew that they were a 3-point shooting team," FSU coach Eva Patterson-Heath said. "It was just being focused on defense, understanding their assignments and just getting it done.
"We were switching on dribble-handoffs, switching on screens. We just had great communication and made it up in our minds that we really wanted to stop them."
FSU is now 2-0 on the young season.
In total, the Lady Broncos yielded zero made field goals in Catawba's first 18 attempts from the field. The Lady Indians didn't make their first shot from the field until Mallary Clay's layup with 6:42 to go in the first half.
The FSU defense also refused to let Chloe Bully, Catawba's main offensive playmaker, really get going. Bully scored 13 points, but was just five for 14 from the field and one for six from beyond the arc.
"We had to contain Bully," Patterson-Heath said. "Because she made them go."
Amber Calvin, the senior guard in her first season at FSU after transferring from North Carolina A&T, scored a game-high 22 points on eight of 14 shots. She was four for eight from 3-point range. Deja Middleton had 14 points and six rebounds and Akysia Resper finished with 11 points.
"We did real good at working together," Calvin said, deflecting credit. "Teamwork was real important today, staying together and persevering. That was it. I'm proud."
Catawba trailed the whole way until a pair of Antoinette McPhail foul shots gave the Lady Indians a 50-49 lead with 5:57 to go. But 18 seconds later, Middleton hit a pair of foul shots for the Lady Broncos, who never surrendered the lead again.
FSU scored the game's first 12 points. Catawba didn't get on the board until an Emma Ucinski foul shot with 11:01 to go in the first half. The Lady Bronco lead stretched to 26-12 at the 3:54 mark, its largest of the game. The Lady Indians did claw back to within single-digits before the break. It was 32-24 at the half.
The Lady Indians scored the first four points of the second half, cutting the gap to 32-28 with 17:15 to go. But an Amber Calvin 3-pointer and two Sequoia Morton free throws sandwiched a layup by Catawba's Janna Dixon to grow the lead to 37-30. It got back up to as much as 11 at the 12:18 mark, when Bria Robinson hit a jumper.
The Lady Indians were down eight with 10:14 left, but went on a 7-0 run to make it 47-46 FSU with 7:52 left.
FSU couldn't pull away for good until a 1:42 stretch starting at the 2:32 mark. From there, the Lady Broncos turned a 55-54 lead into a 62-54 advantage and were never threatened again.
The Lady Broncos' next contest is at UNC Pembroke on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.