This Week in CIAA Women’s Basketball Action
MARQUEE MATCHUP OF THE WEEK:
Fayetteville State (16-3, 8-1 CIAA, 2-1 Southern Division) at #11 Shaw (17-2, 8-1 CIAA, 3-0 Southern Division)
Wednesday January 30
In this week’s featured CIAA matchup, the Fayetteville State Lady Broncos travel to Shaw to take on the nationally ranked Lady Bears in a greatly anticipated matchup of the top teams in the Southern Division. Eleventh ranked Shaw has won nine games in a row appears to be rolling towards yet another Southern Division title. Standing in the way is Fayetteville State, winners of eight of their last nine games and bent on dethroning the defending champs. The tipoff in this pivotal Southern Division contest is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at Shaw’s Spaulding Gymnasium.
Shaw Lady Bears: As expected, the Lady Bears lead the conference with a 17-2 record and sit atop the Southern Division with a 3-0 record. Since a 79-50 loss to Elizabeth City State back on January 5, Shaw has reeled off nine wins in a row. During that stretch, the Lady Bears are outscoring opponents by an average score of 82-59. The Lady Bears lead the CIAA in several statistical categories including points per game (79.6), rebounds per game (50.2), rebound margin (+14.4), and assists per game (16.6). Senior Taylor Dalrymple leads a balanced Shaw squad. The 6-1 forward averages 15.7 points and a league-high 9.2 rebounds per game. Right behind her is guard Ronika Ransford at 15.6 points per game.
Fayetteville State Lady Broncos: In what continues to be one of the best stories of the 2012-13 season, the FSU Lady Broncos continue to defy preseason prognosticators with their stellar 16-3 record. Picked to finish fifth in the Southern Division, the Lady Broncos are 8-1 in the conference and in second place in the division with a 2-1 record. FSU’s remarkable turnaround has been bolstered by the addition of transfers Kristen Hanzer and Shuanda Ashford to the starting lineup. Hanzer, a versatile guard who started her career at Division I UNC-Wilmington, is the CIAA’s second leading scorer at 18.5 points per game. She also leads the league in steals with 3.6 per game and is eleventh in rebounding at 6.4 per game. East Carolina transfer Ashford is sixth in the league in scoring at 13.8 points per game and ninth in rebounding at 6.7 boards per game. The Lady Broncos had won seven in a row before a surprising 83-78 loss at Livingstone on Wednesday; proof that there are no nights off in the CIAA. They bounced back on Saturday to down Winston-Salem State and head into their midweek showdown with Shaw on a winning note. Fayetteville State is second in the league in scoring behind Shaw at 73.0 points per game. They’re also the league’s best shooting team at 44.8 percent per game.
Fayetteville Lady Broncos:
Kristen Hanzer, Sr. Forward, 5-11 (18.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 3.8 spg, 3.2 apg), Shuanda Ashford, Sr. Center, 6-1 (13.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.1 spg), Akysia Resper, Jr. Guard, 5-5 (10.6 ppg, 3.7 apg, 2.9 spg), Alicia Person, Sr. Guard, 5-7 (7.8 ppg, 1.3 apg), Tierra Coleman, Sr. Forward, 6-1 (7.1 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.0 bpg)
Shaw Lady Bears:
Kearah Jeffreys, Jr. Guard, 5-4 (11.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.4 apg), Ronika Ransford, Jr. Point Guard, 5-6 (15.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.8 apg), Crystal Harris, Sr. Center, 6-1 (10.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg), Taylor Dalrymple, Sr. Forward, 6-1 (15.7 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 2.6 apg)
LAST TIME OUT:
Shaw 97 Saint Augustine’s 74
Taylor Dalrymple led all scorers with 26 points and 14 rebounds as Shaw won its ninth straight with a 97-74 win over Saint Augustine’s. Ronika Ransford added 16 points and Crystal Harris scored all of her 14 points in the second half as the Lady Bears pulled away from the Lady Falcons in the second half.
Fayetteville State 61 Winston-Salem State 56
After trailing 26-19 at halftime, the Lady Broncos outscored Winston-Salem State 42-30 in the second en route to a 61-56 win on Saturday at Capel Arena. Akysia Resper scored 16 points to lead four players in double figures. Tierra Coleman (14 points), Kristen Hanzer (12 points), and Shuanda Ashford (11 points) all scored in double figures as the Lady Broncos improved to 16-3 and 8-1 in the CIAA.
LAST MEETING: February 18, 2012
Five Lady Bears scored in double digits and Shaw hit 30 of 33 free throws in an 80-70 victory over Fayetteville State. Shaw improved to 18-6 overall, 13-1 in the conference and 7-1 in the Southern Division. The loss dropped FSU to 11-13, 4-10 in the CIAA and 3-5 in the division. Among returning players Crystal Harris had 11 points and Sequoyah Griffin added ten for Shaw. Akysia Resper led FSU with 17 points.
THE MATCHUP BY THE NUMBERS