Feb. 24, 2013
CHARLOTTE, NC - The CIAA Tournament Bracket is set with Fayetteville State prepping for the programs fourth conference title and second under Head Coach Eva Patterson-Heath.
The Lady Broncos finished the CIAA Southern Division with the same record as Shaw University; with both teams splitting head-to-head during the regular season. Fayetteville State (22-4 overall, 14-2 CIAA, 8-2 Division) defeated St. Augustine's 77-63 yesterday to secure a one-game conference lead over the Bears and sole rights to the Divisional Crown.
As the No. 1 Seed from the South, Fayetteville State will receive a bye in the tourney's first round and face the winner of the #4N Lincoln (Pa.) vs. #5S Johnson C. Smith game on Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 pm. The winner will move forward to play the winner of the #2N Virginia Union vs. #3N Virginia State/#6S Livingstone games at 1:00pm on Friday.
Fayetteville State faced the Lady Lions of Lincoln (Pa.) earlier this season in Felton J. Capel Arena. The Lady Broncos surged past Lincoln (Pa.) 72-59 in the January 10th match-up. FSU led at halftime 38-31. Four of the five FSU starters scored in double-digits. Kristen Hanzer (senior - Youngsville, NC), the CIAA Player of the Year, topped all with 18 points.
FSU swept the Lady Golden Bulls by scores of 71-62 and 81-48. The Lady Broncos overcame a two-point halftime deficit (32-30) to pick up the victory. Kristen Hanzer scored a game-high 19 points.
As the Lady Broncos analyze the bracket and possible future opponents, FSU defeated #2N Virginia Union on January 12th 76-51 and #3N Virginia State 57-51 on January 5th. FSU split with divisional opponent Livingstone with an 83-78 loss in Salisbury and 79-49 victory at home on February 13.
Under Eva Patterson-Heath, Fayetteville State defeated Bowie State 66-50 for the 2010 CIAA crown in her inaugural collegiate season. The Lady Broncos failed in the first round in 2011 and 12 to Virginia State (65-44) and Chowan (51-50).
Tournament tickets are still available for purchase by visiting the CIAA Tournament website: www.ciaatournament.org or www.ticketmaster.com. Single day tickets for Tuesday and Wednesday only, are available for purchase at the TWC Arena box office. $25 general admission; $10 students with ID. For an official schedule of events visit www.ciaatournament.org. All games and post game press conferences will be streamed live online. To follow visit: www.livestream.com/ciaa.
Game Times and Seedings:
Tuesday, February 26
#4S St. Augustine's vs #5N Chowan 11:00am
#3N Virginia St. vs #6S Livingstone 1:00pm
#3S Winston-Salem St. vs #6N Bowie St. 3:00pm
#4N Lincoln (PA) vs #5S Johnson C. Smith 5:00pm
#5N Virginia St. vs #6S Fayetteville St. 7:00pm
#5S Shaw vs #6N Chowan 9:00pm
Wednesday, February 27
#2N Virginia Union vs 3N/6S 11:00am
#1N Elizabeth City St. vs 4S/5N 1:00pm
#1S Fayetteville St. vs 4N/5S 3:00pm
#2S Shaw vs 3S/6N 5:00pm
#4 S St. Augustine's vs 5N/6S 7:00pm
#4N Bowie St. vs 5S/6N 9:00pm
Thursday, February 28
#2N Elizabeth City St. vs #3S Johnson C. Smith 1:00pm
#2S Winston-Salem St. vs #3N Virginia Union 3:00pm
#1S Livingstone vs 4S/6S/5N 7:00pm
#1N Lincoln (PA) vs 4N/6N/5S 9:00pm
Friday, March 1
Saturday, March 2
Women's Final- 5:00pm
Men's Final- 8:30pm