Jan. 24, 2014
FSU-WSSU Game Notes
PIKEVILLE, NC - The Fayetteville State women's basketball team enters Saturday's contest against Winston-Salem State playing perhaps its best basketball of the season. The Lady Broncos will try for a fourth win in a row at 5 pm in Pikeville at Charles B. Aycock High School.
Audio from the game will be streamed live, at FSUBroncos.com/allaccess.
FSU (13-4 overall, 6-2 CIAA, 2-0 Southern Division) trailed early on in its 66-49 win over Livingstone. The Lady Blue Bears scored 10 of the game's first 11 points and had a 17-6 edge before the Lady Broncos could respond.
The Last Meeting
February 16, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE STATE UPENDS LADY RAMS 59-55 IN HEATED RIVALRY
WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Every time Fayetteville State and Winston-Salem State face each other, emotions run high. This evening was a prime example, for the Lady Rams defended its home court until Fayetteville State (21-3 overall, 13-1 CIAA, 7-1 Division) seized final control of the game with two minutes left for a 59-55 victory.
Winston-Salem State (12-12, 7-7, 3-5) controlled the majority of the game with three lead changes and eight score ties. The Lady Rams let an 11-point lead in the first half slip to a tied score of 25 at intermission.
Once it awoke, however, FSU could not be stopped. The Lady Broncos rallied all the way back before halftime, took a two-point lead into the break and sprinted away from Livingstone in the second period.
Deja Middleton (Richmond, VA) picked up her eighth double-double of the season, scoring 16 points and hauling in 13 rebounds. Amber Calvin (Fayetteville, NC) had 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists while Akysia Resper (Concord, NC) had a game-high five assists.
Fayetteville State has shown the ability to win ugly offensive games. This one was no exception. The Lady Broncos shot just 32.4 percent from the field but forced 33 Livingstone turnovers, well above the Lady Blue Bears' 18 turnover-per-game average entering the contest.
Middleton continues to lead the conference in rebounding, at 11.0 per contest. She scores 13.2 ppg and is one of two Lady Broncos averaging double-figure scoring.
Calvin is averaging 14.8 points per game, third-best in the conference. She is also the CIAA's eighth-best 3-point shooter (28.8 percent) and third-best foul shooter (85.9 percent).
Resper is third in the conference in assists, at 3.9 per contest. She is second in the league in steals, with 3.2 per game.
Winston-Salem State (11-7, 5-3, 1-1) enters this one fresh off a 93-49 loss against Shaw that snapped a two-game win streak against Elizabeth City State and St. Augustine's.
Jasmine Elum is the second-leading scorer in the CIAA, at 15.0 points per game. In conference play, she is averaging 17.2 points per contest.
Dionna Scott leads the Lady Rams in rebounding, at 6.7 rebounds per game. That figures is good for 12th in the conference.
Fayetteville State has the edge in this rivalry. The Lady Broncos have won 37 of the 64 all-time meetings. The last time the Lady Rams beat FSU was on Feb. 25, 2012.
The Lady Broncos are in their 62nd season as a program and have compiled an all-time record of 593-401 and 337-243 record in the CIAA. Since joining the CIAA in 1953-54, Fayetteville State has tallied ten 20-win seasons including a school-record 25 wins in 1996-97. FSU has made five NCAA Division II Playoff appearances with the last coming in 2009-10.