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Jan. 18, 2013

Johnson C. Smith Opening Tip
Date | Time: 
Saturday, Jan. 19 | 5:30 p.m.

Venue (Location/Capacity): Jack S. Brayboy Gymasium (Charlotte, NC/2,316)
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FAYETTEVILLE, NC – The Fayetteville State women’s basketball team will hit the road on Saturday evening to take on the Johnson C. Smith Lady Golden Bulls at 5:30 p.m. in Jack S. Brayboy Gymnasium. The Lady Broncos will be opening CIAA Southern Division play against Johnson C. Smith after going 6-0 against teams from the Northern Division.

Lady Bronco Storylines
Fayetteville State hits the road for the first of two games on Saturday night against the Johnson C. Smith Lady Golden Bulls. The Lady Broncos enter the contest with a league-best 14-2 record and 6-0 conference mark.

FSU is currently riding a six-game winning streak, all in conference play, heading into the road tilt with Johnson C. Smith. The unbeaten streak marks the second time this season that the Lady Broncos have won six games in a row.

Kristen Hanzer (Sr., Youngsville, NC) leads Fayetteville State in scoring at 18.9 points per game while adding 6.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists. She ranks first in the CIAA in scoring and is 23rd nationally. Hanzer is also fifth in the conference in field-goal percentage (50.7%). She has scored in double figures in 14 of the 15 games she has played in this season including the last 11 contests.

Shuanda Ashford (Sr., Fayetteville, NC) averages 14.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. She is third in the CIAA in scoring and fourth in field-goal percentage (54.6%). Ashford has three double-doubles this season and recorded 20 or more points in her last two games including a season-high 24 against Virginia Union (Jan. 12).

The Lady Broncos have the second-best offense in the league, behind Shaw, averaging 73.6 points per game and is fifth in scoring defense giving up 59.1 points. In conference games only, Fayetteville State is third in scoring offense and second in scoring defense.

FSU Head Coach Eva Patterson-Heath will be coaching the 100th game of her collegiate career on Saturday. Patterson-Heath currently holds a 51-48 record with the Lady Broncos in her three-and-a-half seasons as head coach.

Fayetteville State is in its 61st season as a program and has compiled an all-time record of 570-394 and 323-239 record in the CIAA. Since joining the CIAA in 1953-54, Fayetteville State has tallied nine 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.

Bowie State Recap
Hanzer finished with a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds. She was 5-of-12 from the floor and 10-of-11 at the charity stripe. Ashford also netted 20 points for the night. She made 7-of-12 shots from the field with one three pointer and was 5-of-6 from the free-throw line.

Akysia Resper (Jr., Concord, NC) also chipped in a dozen points. DaQuondra Cuthbertson (Jr., Spencer, NC) pulled in ten rebounds.

FSU held the rebounding advantage (44-35) and points in the paint (30-20). The Lady Broncos finished with a 80.8% mark at the free-throw line making 21-of-26 attempts.

Johnson C. Smith Scouting Report
Johnson C. Smith comes in with a 5-10 overall record and 2-4 mark in conference play. The Lady Golden Bulls have lost their last three games, all in league play, against Virginia Union, Elizabeth City State and Virginia State.

Brittany Dorsett and Karnina Bunch are the only two Johnson C. Smith players to average in double-digits this season. Dorsett leads the team with 12.7 points per game while Bunch pours in 10.8 points.

Johnson C. Smith ranks 11th in the CIAA in scoring offense at 50.6 points per game and third in scoring defense allowing 56.6 points. In games against conference opponents, the Lady Golden Bulls are 11th in scoring offense and third in scoring defense.

All-Time Series With Johnson C. Smith
The contest will be the 67th all-time between Fayetteville State and Johnson C. Smith. The Lady Golden Bulls hold a 35-31 lead in the series.

The first all-time meeting between the two teams took place in 1981 with the Lady Broncos winning all three contests that season.

The teams split both games last season with Johnson C. Smith winning in Charlotte 80-55 and Fayetteville State responding with a 59-58 victory in Fayetteville.

Up Next
The Lady Broncos will stay on the road to take on the Livingstone College Blue Bears at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23 in Salisbury, NC.

The Last Meeting
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February 6, 2012
Fayetteville, NC
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Je'Lena Robertson didn't want a second chance. She already had that, and it had gotten way from her. She needed a third shot at redemption. Thanks to Tashama Banner, and the most important - and improbable - rebound of her career, she got it. Robertson made a foul shot with 2.5 seconds left to lift Fayetteville State to the biggest shocker in the CIAA this season as the Lady Broncos stunned previously league-unbeaten Johnson C. Smith 59-58 on Monday at Felton J. Capel Arena.



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