Kristen Hanzer (10)

Jan. 29, 2013

CIAA Marquee Matchup Of The Week

Shaw Opening Tip

Date | Time: 
Wednesday, Jan. 30 | 6:00 p.m.

Venue (Location/Capacity):  C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium (Raleigh, NC/750)
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FAYETTEVILLE, NC – The Fayetteville State women’s basketball team will travel to take on the 9th-ranked Shaw Lady Bears at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in a key CIAA Southern Division matchup at C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium. The contest has been tabbed the “Marquee Matchup of the Week” by the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.  The Lady Broncos are coming off a 61-56 come-from-behind victory at home over Winston-Salem State Saturday night.

Lady Bronco Storylines
Fayetteville State heads into a pivotal CIAA Southern Division contest on Wednesday evening as it faces the 9th-ranked Shaw Lady Bears.

The game has been deemed the CIAA “Marquee Matchup of the Week” with both teams sporting two of the best overall records this season. This will be the second “Marquee Matchup of the Week” for the Lady Broncos. FSU defeated Elizabeth City State 75-70 in Elizabeth City, NC on Jan. 7.

The Lady Broncos enter the midweek contest with a 16-3 overall record and 8-1 conference mark. Fayetteville State is also 2-1 in divisional play. The Lady Broncos are second in the CIAA Southern Division standings.

This will be the second time in 2012-13 that FSU has faced a team ranked in the top 25 nationally. The Lady Broncos were victorious over No. 17 Nova Southeastern 79-69 on Dec. 14, 2012 at the Shaw University Invitational in Raleigh.

Fayetteville State has three players currently averaging in double-figures this season.

Kristen Hanzer (Sr., Youngsville, NC) leads FSU, and is second in the conference, in scoring at 18.5 points per game. She is tied for 23rd nationally in scoring. Hanzer is also fourth in the conference in field-goal percentage (48.7). The 5-10 guard averages 6.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.

Shuanda Ashford (Sr., Fayetteville, NC) pours in 13.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest. She ranks second on the team in both categories. Ashford has been a consistent shooter all season for the Lady Broncos ranking third in the conference in field-goal percentage (54.3).

Akysia Resper (Jr., Concord, NC) has increased her scoring average to 10.6 points per game after leading FSU the last two games in scoring. She recorded 18 points in a loss at Livingstone and 16 against Winston-Salem State. Resper also leads the team in assists at 3.7 per game.

Fayetteville State currently ranks second behind Shaw in scoring offense (73.0) and sixth in scoring defense (60.4). In conference games only, FSU is second in scoring offense and fourth in scoring defense.

The Lady Broncos are in their 61st season as a program and has compiled an all-time record of 572-395 and 325-240 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.

Winston-Salem State Recap
Winston-Salem State jumped out to a 17-2 lead 11 minutes into the first half on Saturday but could not hold on as FSU rallied after halftime to pick up a 61-56 win in CIAA Southern Division play.

The Lady Broncos made 5-of-6 free-throws down the stretch to seal the victory after shooting just 30 percent in the first half. Fayetteville State rallied to shoot 53.3 percent in the second half.

Resper scored a team-high 16 points and was one of four players to score in double figures. Tierra Coleman (Sr., Cameron, NC) contributed 14 points while Hanzer and Ashford posted 12 and 11, respectively.

FSU forced Winston-Salem State into 29 turnovers which lead to 27 points.

Shaw Scouting Report
Shaw enters the contest with Fayetteville State ranked tied for ninth nationally in the USA Today Sports Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.

The Lady Bears currently have a 17-2 overall record and 8-1 conference mark. Shaw is also atop the CIAA Southern Division standings with a 3-0 record.

The program is led by 13th-year head coach Jacques Curtis. He holds a 281-116 record with the Lady Bears and is 290-135 in 14 years as a head coach.

Taylor Dalrymple leads the Shaw offense this season with 15.7 points per game and is one of four players to average in double-figures. Reigning CIAA Newcomer of the Week Ronika Ransford is second at 15.6 points per contest followed by Keerah Jeffreys with 11.4. Crystal Harris chips in 10.3 points per game.

The Lady Bears rank first in the league in scoring offense (79.6) and seventh in scoring defense (62.4). In games against conference opponents, Shaw is first in scoring offense and eighth in scoring defense.

All-Time Series With Shaw
The contest will mark the 62nd all-time meeting between Fayetteville State and Shaw.

The Lady Bears hold a slim 31-30 lead in the series dating back to the 1947 season.

Shaw swept both games last season winning the first contest 79-51 in Raleigh and followed with a 80-70 victory in Fayetteville.

The Lady Broncos will be looking for their first win in Raleigh since the 2009-10 season.

Up Next
Fayetteville State will host Saint Augustine’s on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 1 p.m. in Felton J. Capel Arena. The Lady Broncos will host the Lady Falcons as part of their Play 4 Kay game.



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