Nov. 23, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, NC – The Fayetteville State women’s basketball team stays on the road this weekend as it travels to face the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. The Lady Broncos will look to capture its third straight road victory after wins over Catawba and Paine. It will be the last road game for FSU until Dec. 14-15 when it faces Nova Southeastern and Washington Adventist in Raleigh.
The Lady Broncos enter the contest with a 3-1 record while the Bobcats are 1-2 overall. FSU won at Paine College 67-53 in its last contest led by Shuanda Ashord’s first double-double of the season. Ashford (Sr., Fayetteville, NC) finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Alicia Person (Sr., Henderson, NC) also had 14 points. Fayetteville State shot 41.3% (26-of-63) from the field and held Paine to just one three-pointer on 16 attempts.
Ashford and Kristen Hanzer (Sr., Youngsville, NC) are the only two Lady Broncos that are averaging double-figure points this season. Hanzer had scored 10 or more points in each contest to start the year until she recorded seven against Paine. She leads the team in scoring at 21.0 points per game and is shooting 57% (30-of-53) percent from the field. Ashford is averaging 13.3 points and a team-high 7.5 rebounds per game. Akysia Resper (Jr., Concord, NC) is dishing out a team-best 4.8 assists per game.
West Virginia Wesleyan defeated USciences 85-81 in overtime for its lone victory of the season, and has dropped contests against West Chester (90-72) and West Liberty (76-72). The Bobcats have three players who are averaging double-digit points per game led by Atavia Blake at 22.7. Brittany Maxey is averaging a double-double at 14.7 points and 11.0 rebounds per game, while Allie Browne averages 13.7 points and 4.7 assists per contest.
Fayetteville State averages 79.2 points per game this season and is shooting 47% from the field as a team. FSU’s defense has been a stalwart grabbing an average of 19.8 steals per game and forcing its opponents into 29.5 turnovers per game.
West Virginia Wesleyan, as a team, is scoring 76.3 points per game and shoots 44% from the field. The Bobcats turn the ball over an average of 21.3 times per game and has outrebounded their opponents 132-123.