Dec. 20, 2013
LAKELAND, FL - Fayetteville State made an impactful run out of the locker room to stretch its lead into double-digits. It turned out they needed all those points in what amounted to a 66-62 win over the University of Tampa on Friday.
Five players finished in double figures for the Lady Broncos, including Je'Lena Robertson, who scored all 10 of her points in the second half. Amber Calvin once again led the way, scoring 15 points, recorded eight assists and hit three 3-pointers. Akysia Resper had 11 points and four assists, De' Aira Smith had 10 points, eight rebounds and was a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor. Deja Middleton, despite being limited to six rebounds, scored 13 points.
FSU (6-2) took a 32-31 lead into the break, then started off the second period on an 18-2 run to mount a 50-33 lead, the largest chasm of the game. However, the Spartans wouldn't quit.
Despite trailing 61-51 with 3:02 to play, Tampa went on an 11-2 spurt to draw within a point with 50 seconds to play. But Smith pulled down an all-important offensive rebound of a missed Resper 3-pointer on the next possession. This led to a Middleton layup to make it 65-62.
Tampa's chances at a comeback faltered for good on the following possession, when Illyssa Vivo's layup missed the mark and Middleton pulled down the rebound. Calvin made one of two free throws, sealing the deal.
The Lady Broncos shot 48 percent (25-of-52) from the field and outrebounded Tampa, 32-31. It's the first win for FSU in the series' fourth meeting.
FSU is back in action in Lakeland against Florida Southern on Saturday at 1 p.m.