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Jan. 25, 2013

Winston-Salem State Opening Tip
Date | Time: 
Saturday, Jan. 26 | 5:30 p.m.

Venue (Location/Capacity):  Felton J. Capel Arena (Fayetteville, NC/5,000)
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FAYETTEVILLE, NC – The Fayetteville State women’s basketball team returns to Fayetteville on Saturday evening to take on the Winston-Salem State Lady Rams in a CIAA Southern Division contest at Felton J. Capel Arena. The matchup is scheduled to tipoff at 5:30 p.m. The Lady Broncos are coming off their first conference loss of the season on Wednesday at Livingstone.

Lady Bronco Storylines
FSU is coming off its first conference loss of the season on Wednesday against Livingstone 83-78 in Salisbury.

The Lady Broncos had their season-best seven-game winning streak, which began in the conference-opener at Chowan on Jan. 3, against Livingstone.

Fayetteville State presently has three players scoring in double-digits this season. Kristen Hanzer (Sr., Youngsville, NC) leads the team, and conference, in scoring at 18.9 points per game. She also ranks 17th nationally in scoring. The transfer from UNC Wilmington also ranks fourth in field-goal percentage at 49.8 percent.

Shuanda Ashford (Sr., Fayetteville, NC) averages 14.0 points per game (5th in the conference) on 53.6 percent shooting which ranks her third in the CIAA. She is also second on the team in rebounding at 6.9 per game.

Akysia Resper (Jr., Concord, NC) had a team-high 18 points at Livingstone to put her in double-figures scoring this season. Resper posts a 10.3 points per game clip and is dishing out a team-best 3.7 assists per contest.

Tierra Coleman (Sr., Cameron, NC) leads the Lady Broncos in rebounding at 7.8 per game. She ranks fifth in the conference in that category.

FSU ranks second in the conference in scoring offense (73.7) and sixth in scoring defense (60.6). In games against conference opponents, Fayetteville State is second in scoring offense and tied for third in scoring defense.

The Lady Broncos are in their 61st season as a program and has compiled an all-time record of 571-395 and 324-240 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.

Livingstone Recap
Fayetteville State suffered its first conference loss of the season on Wednesday in an 83-78 defeat at Livingstone. The loss also ended the Lady Broncos’ season-long seven-game winning streak.

Livingstone made six free-throws in the final 35 seconds against Fayetteville State to come away with the five-point victory. FSU was unable to capitalize on two late free-throws with 37 seconds remaining.

Resper led all Lady Broncos with 18 points and was one of four players to score in double-figures. Hanzer added 17 points while Ashford recorded 13. Coleman fell just shy of a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.

FSU finished the game shooting 51 percent (26-of-51) overall but was just 23-of-37 (62.2%) at the charity stripe. Livingstone shot 46 percent (29-of-63) and was 17-of-23 at the free-throw line for a 73.9 percent clip. LC was successful on 12-of-15 free throws in the second half while the Lady Broncos were 11-of-22.

Winston-Salem State Scouting Report
Winston-Salem State comes to Fayetteville with a 9-9 overall record and 4-4 conference mark. The Lady Rams are in fourth place in the CIAA Southern Division standings with an 0-2 record.

WSSU is under the direction of first-year head coach A.G. Hill. He is in first season a head coach at any level.

Winston-Salem State is led on offense by Taylar Wells with 10.7 points per game. She is the only Lady Ram scoring in double figures this season.

WSSU has the top scoring defense in the conference giving up an average of 48.9 points per game while its offense currently ranks 11th (52.5). In conference games only, Winston-Salem State is first in scoring defense and 11th in scoring offense.

All-Time Series With Winston-Salem State
The contest will represent the 63rd all-time between Fayetteville State and Winston-Salem State.

FSU leads the series 35-27 which dates back to the 1947 campaign. The Lady Rams swept both contests last season against the Lady Broncos. WSSU won the first meeting in Fayetteville 74-56 and followed with an 80-55 win during the season finale in Winston-Salem.

Fayetteville State will be aiming for its first win in the series since a 73-72 victory in Winston-Salem on Jan. 31, 2006.

Up Next
Fayetteville State will make the short trip to Raleigh, NC on Wednesday, Jan. 30 to take on the Shaw Bears at 6:00 p.m. in a matchup pitting two of the top teams in the CIAA.

The Last Meeting
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February 25, 2012
Winston-Salem, NC
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - In a game that meant little to Fayetteville State's seeding in the upcoming CIAA Tournament, Winston-Salem State prevailed 80-55 over the Lady Broncos in the regular season finale for both teams on Saturday at the C.E. Gaines Center. Fayetteville State (12-14, 5-11, 4-6), which was locked into the Southern Division's No. 4 seed no matter the outcome on Saturday, will likely play the North's No. 5 seed, Chowan, in the opening round on Tuesday at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. Game times and final pairings will not be announced until Sunday. Chowan defeated Fayetteville State 66-54 on Jan. 7 in Fayetteville.



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