Feb. 7, 2014
FSU-JCSU Game Notes
CHARLOTTE, NC -- The Fayetteville State women's basketball team enters its contest against Johnson C. Smith at 5:30 pm on Saturday in JCSU's Brayboy Gymnasium fresh off its most impressive victory of the season, a 74-58 win against previously-unbeaten-in-division-play Shaw.
In Johnson C. Smith, the Lady Broncos get a team they thumped 56-31 earlier this season that is eager to get revenge at home.
For the second straight year, the Lady Broncos have started conference play out hot. The Lady Broncos are 9-2 against CIAA foes and have won six 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
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January 18, 2014
Lady Broncos Thump Golden Bulls, 56-31
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - The Fayetteville State University women's basketball team used a smothering defense to completely shut down Johnson C. Smith for most of the way in a 56-31 victory at Felton J. Capel Arena on Saturday afternoon.
(Fayetteville, NC) continues to be among the CIAA's best scorers. Her 15.4 points per game rank second in the league. Against St. Augustine's last week, she scored a season-best 30 and played all 40 minutes.
Deja Middleton (Richmond, VA) is fresh off her 10th double-double of the season, a 21-point, 16-rebound game against Shaw. Her 11.3 boards per game rank first in the CIAA.
Akysia Resper (Concord, NC) is fifth in the league in assists (3.7 per game) and second in steals (2.9 per contest).
The Golden Bulls are under the direction of second-year head coach Stephen Joyner, Jr., the son of the legendary men's basketball coach at JCSU.
Karnina Bunch leads the Golden Bulls in scoring at 12.4 points per game. She scored just three of JCSU's 31 points, however, the last time these teams met.
Deanna Downer was the team's leading scorer that day with seven points. For the season, she is averaging 10.8 points per game and 8.7 points per conference game.
JCSU holds a narrow 35-34 lead in the all-time series, despite FSU's earlier domination.
In the Shaw game on Wednesday, the Lady Broncos fell behind early before stepping things up late in the first half and in the second half to earn a win. This time, FSU trailed by as many as 12 before cutting it to one at the break on a Je'Lena Robertson buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
Robertson finished the game with a career-high 19 points and was a vital reason for FSU defeating one of the league's powers.
Middleton recorded her 10th double-double of the season thanks to a 21-point, 16-rebound performance. Bria Robinson also recorded a double-double, finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lady Broncos are in their 62nd season as a program and have compiled an all-time record of 596-401 and 340-243 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.
After this contest, FSU goes on the road for its rematch with Livingstone at 5:30 pm on Wednesday.