Dec. 9, 2007
Durham, NC - Fayetteville State was on the ropes against Barton College late in their match-up Friday night in the Lady Eagle Classic at N.C. Central University in Durham, but FSU rallied for an 85-81 win.
Spectators of this contest witnessed 22 lead changes and 13 times when the score was tied. The Lady Broncos went into the half down 40-39. FSU had to find an answer for Barton's Kendra Thomas, who had 17 points and 7 rebounds shooting 80 percent (8-of-10) from the field in the first period.
FSU improved their 36 percent shooting percentage from the first half to 51.5 percent from the floor in the second period. Junior guard Jamara McMillan hit two free throws with 2:49 remaining to give the Lady Broncos a 77-75 lead. FSU would not relinquish their advantage. With time winding down, the Lady Bulldogs would have to foul and hope Fayetteville State missed their free throws down the stretch.
Senior guard Leticia Dickson made two key free throws with 22 seconds remaining that put FSU up by six and virtually sealed the win. Dickson came off the bench and contributed 11 points to the victory.
Senior forward Tenisha McArthur scored a team-high 17 points; while sophomore guard Antoinette Smith had an 83 percent (5-of-6) shooting performance including 3-of-4 from the three point line for 13 points.
Fayetteville State rose to 5-0 this season, while Barton slipped to 2-4 overall. The Lady Broncos return to the court inside McLendon-McDougald Gymnasium Saturday evening to face North Carolina Central University. Tip off is schedule for 4:00pm.