Dec. 15, 2011
SALEM W.V. -- Fayetteville State center SheQuitia Manning has etched her name into the Fayetteville State record books.
Manning, the Lady Broncos' 6-foot-2 senior, set a career-high for rebounds by the 8-minute mark of the first half.
She wasn't done.
Manning finished with a school-record 25 rebounds to go with 12 points as Fayetteville State won for the second time on its West Virginia road trip after a comfortable 71-51 victory over Salem International on Thursday night at T. Edward Davis Gymnasium.
Manning, whose previous high was nine rebounds -- set twice this season -- had 10 rebounds less than 12 minutes into the game. She had 14 boards at the half, and broke the previous record of 23, set by Sharon Jones on Jan. 16, 1982, with 6:53 remaining in the game.
Manning finished her historic night with 11 offensive rebounds and 14 off the defensive glass. Manning, who came into the game averaging 6.1 rebounds per game, increased that average to 8.5, a sliver behind team leader Tierra Coleman, who did not play on Thursday night.
Not that it was all easy. While the Lady Broncos' 16-3 scoring binge early in the first half handled them a lead they would never relinquish, Salem International (0-12) managed to make things difficult with a run of its own at the end of the period. The Lady Tigers used a 10-2 spurt to close within two, 36-34, at the break.
But Fayetteville State (6-2) poured on the pressure in the second half, limiting Salem International to 32 percent shooting from the field, breaking the game open with a 13-3 spurt midway through the half to take a 62-47 edge with just over 5 minutes remaining.
The Lady Broncos, who outscored the Lady Tigers 35-17 in the second half and eventually led by as many as 22 points, were led by Makeea Suggs' (Jr., Bethel, N.C.) career-high 16 points. Fayetteville State leading scorer Akysia Resper (So., Concord, N.C.) kept her streak of scoring in double figures alive with 15 points, hitting double digits for the eighth time in eight games this season. Je'Lena Robertson (So., Houston, Texas) added 10 points.
Ricia Brown led Salem International with 11 points.
Fayetteville State returns home to play Mt. Olive at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at Felton J. Capel Arena.