Akysia Resper (15)

Feb. 22, 2013

Saint Augustine’s Opening Tip
Date | Time:  Saturday, Feb. 23 | 2:00 p.m.
Venue (Location/Capacity): 
Emery Gymnasium (Raleigh, NC/750)

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The 18th-ranked Fayetteville State women’s basketball team will conclude its 2012-13 regular season on the road Saturday afternoon as it faces the Saint Augustine’s Lady Falcons at 2 p.m. The Lady Broncos, with a victory, will capture the CIAA Southern Division title. FSU saw its six-game winning streak come to an end on Wednesday with a 75-65 loss to No. 20 Shaw.

Lady Bronco Storylines
Fayetteville State will look to secure the CIAA Southern Division title with a victory over Saint Augustine’s on Saturday afternoon in Raleigh. The Lady Broncos are currently tied with Shaw atop the division standings but own a better overall conference record.

FSU had three players named to the All-CIAA Women’s Basketball Team on Thursday including the CIAA Player of the Year in Kristen Hanzer (Sr., Youngsville, NC). Shuanda Ashford (Sr., Fayetteville, NC) and Tierra Coleman (Sr., Cameron, NC) were also named to the All-Conference Team with Hanzer. Fayetteville State had three players named All-Conference for the first time since 2001.

Hanzer became the first Lady Bronco since Concetha Smith in 1983 to be named CIAA Player of the Year. She was definitely deserving of the honor. The 5-10 transfer from UNC Wilmington is second in the league in scoring with 18.7 points per game while adding 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per contest.  She ranks 13th nationally in scoring offense.

Ashford is second on the team in scoring with 14.9 points per game and rebounding at 6.9 per contest. She ranks fourth in the league in scoring and third in field-goal percentage (54.7 percent).

Coleman has made her mark this season on the defensive side of the ball leading the team with 7.6 rebounds per game. She is fifth in the league in rebounds per game and fourth in total rebounds with 190. Coleman also averages 6.6 points per game.

Akysia Resper (Jr., Concord, NC) ranks third on the team in scoring with 10.9 points per game. She leads the team in assists per game with 3.8 and is third in the league in that category. Resper is also tied for second in the conference in total assists with 94.

FSU currently ranks second in the league in scoring offense (72.7) and fifth in scoring defense (60.2). In conference games only, Fayetteville State is second in scoring offense and sixth in scoring defense.

The Lady Broncos are in their 61st season as a program and has compiled an all-time record of 577-396 and 330-241 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.

Shaw Recap
The 18th-ranked Fayetteville State Lady Broncos fell to the 20th-ranked Shaw Lady Bears 75-65 on Wednesday evening in a battle of the top two teams in the CIAA Southern Division.

Ashford scored a team-high 17 points for FSU on 8-of-14 shooting. She was one of three players for Fayetteville State to score in double figures. Hanzer and Resper recorded 15 points each while Alicia Person (Sr., Henderson, NC) added ten.

The Lady Broncos trailed Shaw (21-4, 12-3, 7-2) 37-28 at halftime despite shooting 38.2 percent (13-of-34) from the floor. The Lady Bears went 13-of-35 (37.1%) in the half and were successful on 9-of-14 free throw attempts; FSU attempted only one free-throw in the opening half.

Fayetteville State finished the game shooting 40.6 percent (26-of-64) while Shaw was 28-of-73 (38.4%) overall. The Lady Bears led in points in the paint (40-24), points off turnovers (17-12) and second-chance points (23-5).

Saint Augustine’s Scouting Report
Saint Augustine’s enters the contest with an 11-13 overall record and 7-8 mark in conference play. The Lady Falcons are four in the Southern Division at 4-5.

SAU is under the direction of third-year head coach Rachel Bullard. Bullard is 44-38 during her tenure with the Lady Falcons and overall as a head coach.

Regime McCombs leads the Saint Augustine’s offense in scoring at 10.9 points per game and is one of two players to average in double figures. Porscha Walton is second on the team in scoring at 10.3 points per contest.

The Lady Falcons are third in the conference in scoring offense (68.8) and 11th in scoring defense (70.2). In games against conference opponents, SAU is third in scoring offense and 11th in scoring defense.

All-Time Series With Saint Augustine’s
The contest will be the 71st all-time between Fayetteville State and Saint Augustine’s dating back to the 1950 season.

The Lady Broncos lead the all-time series over the Lady Falcons 42-28. Saint Augustine’s won the only meeting last season in Raleigh, 58-55.

Fayetteville State scored a 81-68 victory over Saint Augustine’s on Feb. 3 in Fayetteville during its “Ball in Pink” event. Ashford and Hanzer combined for more than half of the points scored for the Lady Broncos. The Lady Falcons took an early lead in the first half and led 34-29 at halftime.

Ashford tallied a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds while Hanzer recorded her seventh game with 20 or more points with a 23-point day. Britney Whitehead (Sr., Enfield, NC) also finished in double-figures with ten points.

Fayetteville State made 78.8% of its free throws with a 26-of-33 showing. The Lady Broncos also had the better performance in the post position with 38 points scored in the paint. Thirty of the 38 were in the second half compared to the Falcons 12.

Second chance opportunities were limited in the second half for St. Augustine's. FSU grabbed 31 rebounds; where 14 of them were from the defensive end. Seventeen offensive rebounds were put-back 19 points. SAU had eight offensive rebounds, which led to nine points, and eight defensive.

The FSU defense forced 32 Saint Augustine's turnovers; which converted to 33 points.

Up Next
Fayetteville State will head to Charlotte for the 2013 CIAA Tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena. The tournament will take place Feb. 26-Mar. 2.

The Last Meeting
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Fayetteville State81
February 2, 2013
Fayetteville, NC
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - Fayetteville State University played its role in heightening the awareness of breast cancer during its "Ball in Pink" event in Felton J. Capel Arena. Decked out in their pink uniforms, the Lady Broncos outperformed Saint Augustine's 81-68. Shuanda Ashford and Kristen Hanzer combined for more than half of the points scored for Fayetteville State (18-3 overall, 10-1 CIAA, 4-1 Division). St. Augustine University (10-10, 6-6, 3-2) took an early lead in the first half and led 34-29 at halftime.



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