Feb. 18, 2014
RALEIGH, NC - With just two games remaining in the regular season, the Fayetteville State University women's basketball team can clinch a Southern Division title with a win on Wednesday. It'll be a tough task, though, to sweep defending CIAA champion Shaw.
FSU enters this one fresh off an exciting come-from-behind overtime victory at Livingstone. The Lady Broncos trailed by 14 in the final five minutes of regulation before forcing overtime on an Amber Calvin layup with two seconds left. In the overtime period, FSU was able to finally run away with things and finished off a 92-84 win.
The Last Meeting
January 22, 2014
LADY BRONCOS TOP Livingstone 66-49
FAYETTEVILLE, NC -- A slow start proved no problem for the Fayetteville State University women's basketball team, as the Lady Broncos rolled to a 66-49 win against Livingstone on Wednesday afternoon at Felton J. Capel Arena.
For the second straight year, the Lady Broncos (18-5 overall, 11-3 CIAA, 7-1 Southern Division) have fared extremely well in conference play. FSU is now 11-3 against CIAA foes and has won eight of its past nine games. Last year, FSU won its first seven games and finished 14-2 in the CIAA before advancing to the conference championship.
Calvin (Fayetteville, NC) continues to be among the CIAA's best scorers. She is averaging 15.9 points per game, which ranks second in the CIAA. Against Livingstone on Monday, Calvin scored 32 to help FSU earn the overtime victory.
Deja Middleton (Richmond, VA) recorded her 12th double-double of the season against Livingstone. He 16-point, 16-rebound performance came immediately after a 15-point, 22-rebound game against Winston-Salem State. For the season, Middleton is averaging a league-best 11.8 rebounds per game. She is first in the league in offensive rebounds and second in defensive rebounds. She is also second in the CIAA in total blocks with 63.
Akysia Resper (Concord, NC) is coming off one of her best games of the season. Against Livingstone, the senior point guard scored 16 points on 4-of-9 scoring and hit all eight of her free throw attempts. For the season, she is averaging 8.8 points per game. She is fifth in the league in total assists (81) and second in total steals (63).
Shaw is led by its center, Verdine Walker. For the season, Walker is averaging a double-double, scoring 13.3 points and hauling in 10.5 rebounds per contest. In the first matchup between these teams, a 74-58 FSU win, Walker scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds.
Ariel Hatcher is the Lady Bears' second-leading scorer, averaging 13.0 points per contest. She finished with just two points off the bench, however, the last time Shaw played Fayetteville State.
Shaw's lead in the all-time series has been dwindled to 33-32 after FSU's win on February 5. The teams met three times last year, including a date in the CIAA Tournament championship, and could be in for a similar fate this season.
The Lady Broncos are in their 62nd season as a program and have compiled an all-time record of 598-402 and 342-244 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 finishes its regular season at home against St. Augustine's on Saturday at 2 pm. Je' Lena Robertson (Houston, TX), Resper and Calvin will be honored on Senior Day.