Dec. 7, 2013
RALEIGH, NC - Fayetteville State scored the game's first five points and never trailed in a 72-54 win over Palm Beach Atlantic at the Shaw Invitational.
Deja Middleton had another double-double (14 points, 19 rebounds) and Amber Calvin poured in 22 points and four 3-pointers to lead the Lady Broncos.
"I thought we came out with a sense of urgency from the beginning," FSU coach Eva Patterson-Heath said. "Everybody was on the same page. I felt like our defense was the key and we shot the ball well from the perimeter."
FSU (4-2) shot an even 50 percent (23 of 46) from the field and limited Palm Beach Atlantic to a 15 of 54 (27.8 percent) clip. The Lady Broncos outrebounded Palm Beach Atlantic 43-27 and forced 21 turnovers and 14 steals. FSU outscored its opponent 28-12 in the paint.
Palm Beach Atlantic's last field goal came at the 6:10 mark of the second half.
Despite FSU's quick start, Palm Beach Atlantic hung around for a little bit. They cut the lead to 19-18 at one point, but two Shaquanza Manning foul shots, a 10-0 run by Calvin alone and a Middleton layup made it 33-18 and provided enough cushion for the rest of the way.
When Palm Beach Atlantic clawed back within single-digits at 35-26, De'Aira Smith hit three free throws, Akysia Resper made two free throws and Calvin hit a layup to get the lead back to 16.
FSU took a 46-32 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Despite not scoring again until the 11:59 mark of the second half, FSU only lost five points of its lead thanks to stifling defense. Palm Beach Atlantic didn't get it back to within single-digits again.
Leading 49-39, FSU got a pair of foul shots from Bria Robinson
, Emerald Smith
and Resper and a Middleton layup to offset a spurt of offensive productivity by Palm Beach Atlantic. Middleton made a couple more layups to stretch the lead to 61-46, then JeLena Robertson made two foul shots to up the gap to 17.
The lead got as high as 21 on a Resper 3-pointer with 2:15 to play.
FSU is off for exams until a home date next Sunday against West Virginia Wesleyan.