Feb. 4, 2013
HAMPTON, VA - The Fayetteville State women's basketball team received three weekly awards this afternoon from the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Kristen Hanzer was named the CIAA Player of the Week, Shuanda Ashford earned the CIAA Newcomer of the Week honors and Head Coach Eva Patterson-Heath was recognized as the CIAA Coach of the Week. The Lady Broncos went 2-0 last week in CIAA Southern Division play highlighted by a 66-64 road victory against 9th-ranked Shaw University.
Hanzer, a senior from Youngsville, NC, paced the Fayetteville State scoring attack and finished just shy of a double-double with 21 points and 9.5 rebounds. The 5-11 guard recorded her third double-double of the season with a game-high 19 points and ten rebounds in the win over Shaw. She followed with 23 points and nine rebounds in an 81-68 win over Saint Augustine's. It was her seventh game this season with 20 or more points. Hanzer, a transfer from UNC Wilmington, was also stellar at the free-throw line going 15-of-17 for an 88.2 percent clip.
She leads the conference, and Lady Broncos, in scoring this season averaging 18.8 points per game. Hanzer is 24th nationally in scoring offense while also contributing 6.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
Shuanda Ashford, a native of Fayetteville, was also close to averaging a double-double last week with 16 points and 9.5 rebounds. The senior transfer from East Carolina tied a career-high of 24 points while grabbing a career-best 12 rebounds in an 81-68 victory over Saint Augustine's. She shot 57.1 percent from the field.
A product of E.E. Smith High School, Ashford is second on the team this season in scoring at 14.0 points per game and in rebounding at 7.0 per game. Ashford ranks fourth in the conference in shooting percentage at 53.4 percent.
Coach Patterson-Heath led Fayetteville State to a memorable week on the basketball court. The victory over Shaw marked the second time this season that the Lady Broncos have defeated a top 25 team away from Fayetteville. FSU followed with an impressive 81-68 home win over Saint Augustine's in a battle of two teams tied for first in the Southern Division standings.
Patterson-Heath currently has Fayetteville State tied for first place in the divisional standings with an 18-3 overall record and 10-1 mark in conference play. FSU has a 4-1 record within the division. The fourth-year head coach currently owns a 55-49 all-time record with the Lady Broncos and 32-32 conference record.
Fayetteville State returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 9 when its host the Johnson C. Smith Lady Golden Bulls at 1 p.m. inside Felton J. Capel Arena.