Feb. 15, 2013
Winston-Salem State Opening Tip
Date | Time: Saturday, Feb. 16 | 5:30 p.m.
Venue (Location/Capacity): C.E. Gaines Center (Winston-Salem, NC/2,300)
Fayetteville State Team Information: Team Site | Schedule/Results | Statistics
Winston-Salem State Team Information: Team Site | Schedule/Results | Statistics
FAYETTEVILLE, NC – The Fayetteville State Lady Broncos, ranked 20th nationally by USA Today Sports, hit the road on Saturday evening as it travels to Winston-Salem to face the Winston-Salem State Lady Rams at the C.E. Gaines Center. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m. The Lady Broncos are coming off a convincing 79-49 victory at home on Wednesday night against Livingstone.
Lady Bronco Storylines
Fayetteville State is hitting the final stretch of its 2012-13 campaign beginning on Saturday evening as it heads to face the Winston-Salem State Lady Rams.
The Lady Broncos have won their last five games and enter with a 20-3 overall record and 12-1 conference mark. FSU sits atop the CIAA Southern Division standings at 6-1; Fayetteville State is one game ahead of Shaw in the divisional standings.
FSU recorded its tenth 20-win season in school history on Wednesday night in a 79-49 victory over Livingstone in Fayetteville. The Lady Broncos last won 20 or more games in a season back in 2009-10 during Head Coach Eva Patterson-Heath’s first season with the program. Fayetteville State won 20 games that season.
Kristen Hanzer (Sr., Youngsville, NC), fresh off a 27 point and eight steal performance against Livingstone, leads FSU in scoring this season at 19.1 points per game. She leads the conference in scoring and ranks fifth in field-goal percentage at 47.5. Hanzer is one of the top 20 scorers nationally. The UNC Wilmington transfer also pours in 6.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
Shuanda Ashford (Sr., Fayetteville, NC) scored 20 points against Livingstone and is second on the team in scoring this season. She averages 14.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Ashford is second on the team in rebounding while averaging 25.9 minutes of action per game. She is third in the league in field-goal percentage at 54.1 and ninth in rebounding.
Akysia Resper (Jr., Concord, NC) added 11 points against Livingstone and is the third, and final, Lady Bronco to score in double-figures this season. She averages 10.9 points and a team-best 3.8 assists per game. Resper is tied for first in the league in total assists at 88.
Tierra Coleman (Sr., Cameron, NC) leads Fayetteville State in rebounding at 7.8 per game while shooting 58 percent from the field. She is third in the conference in total rebounds at 179.
Fayetteville State ranks second in the league in scoring offense (73.7) and fifth in scoring defense (59.8). In conference games only, FSU is second in scoring offense (70.7) and fourth in scoring defense (58.2).
The Lady Broncos are in their 61st season as a program and has compiled an all-time record of 576-395 and 329-240 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.
The Lady Broncos led by five at halftime with a 30-25 score. Livingstone shot a better 34.6% from the field compared to FSU's 22.9%, but the Lady Broncos made 13-of-19 free throws. Fayetteville State had an 11-2 advantage in points off turnovers and 7-3 in second chance points. Ashford led all with 11 points.
The game continued to be a highlight show for Fayetteville State in the second half; as the Lady Broncos improved its shooting performance to 56.3% and its free throw shooting to 81.3% (13-of-16). FSU made a total of 26-of-35 free throws (74.3%).
Hanzer led the Lady Broncos with 27 points along with eight steals. Ashford added 20 points while Resper poured in 11.
The Lady Broncos did not shoot much from beyond the three-point arc with seven attempts. Instead, the focus was down low where FSU won the battle in the paint 38-26. Fayetteville State applied great pressure on defense with 16 steals and 27 turnovers for the Livingstone. FSU scored a total of 23 points from turnovers and 12 on fast breaks.
The Last Meeting
January 26, 2013
LADY BRONCOS BUCK BACK TO DEFEAT WSSU 61-56
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - After all of the weather predictions and CIAA Southern Division predictions, only the weather was believable after the start of tonight's women's game. Winston-Salem State (9-10, 4-5 CIAA, 0-3 Div.) shot out to a 17-point lead (19-2) at 9:43 and held on to a seven-point lead at halftime; 26-19. Fayetteville State (16-3, 8-1 CIAA, 2-1 Div.), who was recently upset by Livingstone Wednesday night, shook off the defeat and took a 61-56 victory over the Lady Rams.
Winston-Salem State Scouting Report
Winston-Salem State enters the contest with a 12-11 overall record and 7-6 conference mark. The Lady Rams are in fourth place in the CIAA Southern Division standings with a 3-4 record.
WSSU is under the direction of first-year head coach A.G. Hill. He is in first season as a head coach at any level.
Winston-Salem State is led on offense by Taylar Wells with 10.5 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 49.7 points per game while its offense currently ranks 11th (52.8). In conference games only, Winston-Salem State is first in scoring defense and 11th in scoring offense. The Lady Rams are second nationally in scoring defense.
Winston-Salem State is coming off their biggest win of the season on Wednesday by capturing a 68-60 win on the road at No. 15 Shaw. WSSU is currently riding a three-game winning streak heading into the FSU contest.
All-Time Series With Winston-Salem State
The contest will mark the 64th all-time between Fayetteville State and Winston-Salem State.
FSU leads the series 36-27 which dates back to the 1947 campaign. The Lady Broncos won the first meeting this season in Fayetteville, 61-56, on Jan. 26.
Fayetteville State made 5-of-6 free throws in the final stretch to close out the victory. The team finished 17-of-24 for the night and improved its second half field goal percentage from 30% to 53.3% (16-of-30).
Resper scored a game high 16 points. Coleman put up 14 points in the paint. Hanzer and Ashford knocked in 12 and 11 points respectfully.
The Lady Rams were victorious in Winston-Salem last season 80-55. The Lady Broncos last won in Winston-Salem on Jan. 31, 2006 in a 73-72 victory.
Fayetteville State will play its last home game of the 2012-13 season on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m. against the Shaw Lady Bears. It will be “Senior Night” for the Lady Broncos.