Amber Calvin is the CIAA's Newcomer of the Week.
FSU-Shaw Game Notes
Feb. 4, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, NC-- After going to St. Augustine's and earning their fifth victory in a row, the Fayetteville State women's basketball faces its toughest test of the year against back-to-back defending CIAA champion Shaw on Wednesday evening at Felton J. Capel Arena.
The Lady Broncos have started conference play out hot for the second straight year, are 8-2 against CIAA foes and have won five games in a row. Last year, FSU won its first seven games and finished 14-2 in the CIAA before advancing to the conference championship.
The Last Meeting
March 2, 2013
Charlotte, NC - TWC Arena
(Fayetteville, NC) continues to be among the CIAA's best scorers. Her 15.6 points per game rank second in the league. Against St. Aug., she scored a season-best 30 and played all 40 minutes.
Meanwhile, Deja Middleton (Richmond, VA) continues to lead the conference in rebounding. She is averaging 11.1 boards per contest.
Akysia Resper (Concord, NC) is fifth in the league in assists (3.6 per game) and second in steals (2.0 per contest).
In Shaw, FSU will get a true test. The Lady Bears are, like the Lady Broncos, a perfect 4-0 in Southern Division play. They have won their last four games in a row, each by double-digits.
FSU fell behind early yet again in its contest against St. Augustine's and had to rally to make it a tie 37-37 score at the half. But the Lady Broncos came out of the locker room playing well, and left Raleigh with an 81-74 victory.
Calvin scored a season-high 30 points and played all 40 minutes due to the fact that other guards picked up early foul trouble. She was named CIAA Newcomer of the Week for her efforts.
Middleton was a rebound shy of her 10th double-double of the year. She finished with 14 points.
De' Aira Smith (Godwin, NC) scored 12 points and was named the CIAA's Rookie of the Week.
The Lady Bears are under the direction of Jacques Curtis. Curtis has experienced immense success at Shaw, including winning a national championship in 2012.
Shaw leads the CIAA in rebounding at 50.6 per contest. It also has the best rebounding margin, averaging 10.9 more rebounds than its opponent.
Verdine Warner is second in the CIAA in rebounding at 10.1 boards per game and 11th in scoring, averaging 13.0 points per contest. She has blocked 46 shots, fourth-most in the CIAA.
Shaw holds a narrow 33-31 lead in the all-time series between these two teams. The last time FSU played Shaw was in last year's CIAA championship, with the Lady Bears prevailing, 72-53.
The Lady Broncos are in their 62nd season as a program and have compiled an all-time record of 595-401 and 339-243 record in the CIAA. Since joining the CIAA in 1953-54, Fayetteville State has tallied ten 20-win seasons including a school-record 25 in 1996-97. FSU has made five NCAA Division II Playoff appearances with the last coming in 2009-10.
FSU goes on the road for a rematch with Johnson C. Smith at 5:30 pm on Saturday.