Jan. 10, 2014
Virginia Union Opening Tip
Date | Time: Saturday, Jan. 11 | 5:30 p.m.
Venue (Location/Capacity): Barco-Stevens Hall (Richmond, VA/2,500)
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FAYETTEVILLE, NC - The Fayetteville State women's basketball team continues along its longest road trip of the year when it takes on Virginia Union on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The Lady Broncos enter fresh off a tight 70-65 win against Lincoln (PA). Neither team had a lead greater than six points in that contest and FSU won thanks to big contributions from Je'Lena Robertson (17 points), Amber Calvin (22 points) and Deja Middleton (17 rebounds). FSU’s road trip continues on Monday at Bowie State.
The Lady Broncos look to start at least 4-1 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association for the second consecutive year. A year ago, FSU won its first seven games in conference.
The 70 points FSU scored against Lincoln (PA) represent the highest total the Lady Broncos have mustered in a conference game this season.
Robertson had her best game of the season against the Lady Lions, scoring a season-best 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Amber Calvin recorded her fourth 20-plus point performance of the season. In three of her 20-plus contests, she has scored exactly 22 points. Middleton had her seventh double-digit rebound performance of the year.
Middleton continues to lead the CIAA in rebounding, at 10.8 boards per game.
The Lady Broncos are in their 62nd season as a program and have compiled an all-time record of 590-400 and 334-242 record in the CIAA. Since joining the CIAA in 1953-54, Fayetteville State has tallied ten 20-win seasons including a school-record 25 in 1996-97. FSU has made five NCAA Division II Playoff appearances with the last coming in 2009-10.
Lincoln (PA) Recap
Neither team ever managed to get a really comfortable lead. The entire game was played within a nine-point margin, and a six-point FSU lead was the largest lead either team had in the contest.
The first half of the game was a defensive battle, with FSU taking a 29-27 lead into the locker room. The second stanza was less so, and the Lady Broncos won that half, as well, 41-38.
Virginia Union Scouting Report
The Lady Panthers are under the direction of fourth-year head coach Barvenia Wooten-Cherry. Wooten-Cherry is 31-60 in her tenure, including a 3-9 mark this year.
VUU enters the contest trying to snap a four-game losing skid that has coincided with the new year and the start of CIAA play. The Lady Panthers lost their last contest, a 78-67 decision against Shaw.
Ashle Freeman is the conference’s best scorer at 20.8 points per game. She recorded her 1,000th career point in her last contest and has eclipsed the 20-point mark eight times this year, including a 39-point performance against West Liberty on Nov. 9.
Virginia Union is sixth in the conference in scoring, at 68.2 points per game. However, Virginia Union surrenders five more points per contest than any other team in the CIAA, allowing 74.8 points per contest.
All-Time Series With Virginia Union
Monday night will mark the 45th all-time meeting between Fayetteville State and Virginia Union. The Lady Broncos lead the all-time series 25-19. FSU is 13-1 in its last 14 meetings with the Lady Panthers, including two wins last year, one in the regular season and another in the CIAA semifinals.
Fayetteville State travels to Bowie State on Monday.