Fayetteville State Upsets Southern Division Rival Johnson C. Smith 76-67

by Broncos Sports Information Department

Fayetteville, NC - In the CIAA Southern Division, there are only a couple of institutions that Fayetteville State considers a rival.

This afternoon, the Broncos women's basketball team took on one of its rivals in Johnson C. Smith University. Throw the records out of the window because they didn't matter today in Felton J. Capel Arena.

Fayetteville State out-played Johnson C. Smith, 76-67, for its first conference and divisional victory. As the Broncos improved to 5-9 overall, 1-5 in CIAA play and 1-0 in the CIAA South, Johnson C. Smith dropped to 10-6, 2-3, and 0-1.

Four of the Bronco starters scored in double figures. Shantel Bennet (Sanford, NC) scored a career-high 22 points to lead the charge. Courtney Best (Raleigh, NC) also turned in her best performance of 19 points and finished two rebounds shy of a double-double with 8 rebounds. Yakima Clifton (Durham, NC) added 15 points while Breona Jones (Henderson, NC) chipped in 10.

Fayetteville State led by as many as nine (9) points in the first quarter and held a 21-15 lead at the end of the period. Bennet scored almost half of the Broncos points with 11.

FSU held a 29-19 lead in the second period and closed out the half with a 36-29 advantage at halftime.

Johnson C. Smith led by as many as three points in the first quarter but could not match the play of the Broncos. After a 12-point FSU lead (64-52) with 4:14 remaining in the game, the Golden Bulls rallied to a 69-65 contest with 44 seconds left in regulation. Made baskets from the charity stripe secured the victory for the Broncos.

Jasmine Carter led the Golden Bulls with 22 points. Asha Jordan had 17 and Monique Hall added 13.

Fayetteville State will travel to Sumter, SC next Wednesday, January 17th for a non-conference matchup against Morris College.