Britney Whitehead (5)

Jan. 2, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – The Fayetteville State women’s basketball team will kick off the CIAA portion of its 2012-13 season on Thursday evening with a 5:30 p.m. contest against the Chowan Hawks at The Helms Center. The Lady Broncos are coming off just its second loss of the season on Sunday at Mount Olive, and are looking to avenge a 51-50 loss to the Hawks last season in the first round of the CIAA Tournament.

Fayetteville State enters the conference opener sporting an 8-2 overall record while Chowan is currently winless at 0-9 on the season and 0-1 in conference play. The Hawks dropped their first conference game of the season on Dec. 17, 2012 to Johnson C. Smith 60-42 in Charlotte. Chowan fell in its last game 60-55 at Norfolk State on Dec. 19, 2012.

The Hawks lead the all-time series over the Lady Broncos 4-2 and have won the last four meetings in the series. Fayetteville State won the first two all-time meetings with the first coming in the 2005-06 campaign. Chowan also holds a 2-1 lead in games played in Murfreesboro.

The Lady Broncos suffered a 78-71 loss on the road to Mount Olive in their last contest on Dec. 30, 2012. Kristen Hanzer (Sr., Youngsville, NC) scored a team-high 20 points for Fayetteville State while Shuanda Ashford (Sr., Fayetteville, NC), the reigning CIAA Newcomer of the Week, collected her third double-double of the year with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Britney Whitehead (Sr., Enfield, NC) recorded a career-high 12 points off the bench.

FSU leads the CIAA in scoring at 77.5 points per game led by Hanzer’s 20.2 points per contest. Hanzer is first in the conference in scoring and third in field goal percentage at 56.0% on 70-of-125 shooting. Ashford is second in the CIAA in total rebounds with 77 (7.7 per game) and leads the team in that category. Hanzer and Ashford are the only two Lady Broncos to average double-figures in points per game this season.

The Hawks are last in the conference in scoring at 45.6 points per game and field goal percentage at 31.2%. Chowan has three players averaging double-figures in points per game led by Talaya Lynch’s 15.0 points per game. Janelle Murphy adds 14.8 points per game and Summer Curtis is contributing 12.0 per contest. Curtis leads the team in rebounding at 8.5 per game followed by Kaela Nelson at 8.4.

Fayetteville State stays on the road for a 3:30 p.m. matchup with the Virginia State Trojans on Saturday, Jan. 5 in Petersburg, VA.

The Last Meeting
Fayetteville State50
February 28, 2012
Charlotte, NC (Time Warner Cable Arena)
CHARLOTTE - With 2:26 remaining and her team down by one, Chowan's Ransheda Jennings found herself writhing on the Time Warner Cable Arena floor, clutching her left ankle. A few moments later, she had to be helped to the bench, left wondering if she was going to have to watch her team try to complete its improbable comeback without her. "I didn't know if I was going to be able to come back," Jennings said. "But I was determined to come back, even if I was hurting, I was going to try to come back and help the team out." Less than a minute later, the All-CIAA player was back on the floor, noticeably limping when the clock wasn't running. But with the game on the line, Jennings had enough life still left to angle her way into the lane and hit a runner after a pass from Talaya Lynch with 4.6 seconds left to lift Chowan to a stirring 51-50 comeback victory over Fayetteville State in the opening round of the CIAA Tournament on Tuesday.



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