Nov. 28, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, NC – The Fayetteville State women’s basketball team had three players in double figures on Tuesday evening as it increased its winning streak to three games with a 60-42 victory over the Virginia-Lynchburg Lady Dragons at Felton J. Capel Arena. Alicia Person (Sr., Henderson, NC) scored a game-high 12 points, while Akysia Resper (Jr., Concord, NC) and Serena Hall (Jr., Virginia Beach, VA) provided 10 each. Tierra Coleman (Sr., Cameron, NC) pulled down a season-high 14 rebounds.
The Lady Broncos, who are off to their best to start under fourth-year head coach Eva Patterson-Heath, improve to 5-1 on the season while the Lady Dragons fall to 2-5 overall.
It was an offensive struggle in the opening half as the first basket was not scored until the 16:30 mark on a layup by Cierra Mobely of Virginia-Lynchburg. That was the only lead of the game for the Lady Dragons as FSU would go on a 17-2 run over the next 9:01 to lead 17-4. Fayetteville State went into the locker room with its largest lead of the half at 31-14 after back-to-back free throws by Coleman with five seconds remaining.
FSU and Virginia-Lynchburg combined for 30 turnovers in the first half, but the Lady Broncos took advantage by converting the Lady Dragons’ 16 turnovers into 14 points. Fayetteville State shot 38.5% (10-of-26) from the field and 50% (3-of-6) behind the three-point line. Virginia-Lynchburg managed just six first-half field goals, and made one three-pointer on eight attempts. Person had a team-high eight points for the Lady Broncos, while Alliyah Floyd had five for the Lady Dragons.
Fayetteville State held a double-digit advantage throughout the second half and led by as much as 22 points after a jumper from Hall with 7:07 left. The Lady Broncos made just six field goals, but benefited from some late free-throw opportunities to go 16-of-24 at the line. FSU also received a significant contribution from its bench outscoring Virginia-Lynchburg 19-7 in the second stanza.
The Lady Broncos finished the game 16-of-51 (31.4%) from the field, while the Lady Dragons shot 24.6% (15-of-61) overall. D.D. Porter was the only Virginia-Lynchburg player to attain double-digit points as she recorded a team-high 10.
Fayetteville State will take the next 12 days off before hosting Salem International in its next contest on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m.