RALEIGH, N.C. – Akysia Resper’s layup with 13 seconds remaining lifted Fayetteville State to a 66-64 upset of No. 9 and defending national champion Shaw.
The Lady Broncos earned their second victory of the season against an opponent ranked in the top 25 nationally.
Resper was one of three players to finish the game in double figures as she totaled 18 points highlighted by 9 of 12 shooting at the free throw line. Kristen Hanzer recorded her third double-double of the season with a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds. Alicia Person scored 10 points.
A jumper by Shuanda Ashford with one second left in the first half gave Fayetteville State a 36-35 lead heading into the locker room. The one-point lead was Fayetteville State’s first since a 4-2 advantage at the 18:18 mark. Shaw led by as many as 11 but the Lady Broncos chipped away at the lead from the free throw line. Fayetteville State finished the half making 14 consecutive free throws as it tied the game at 34 with 1:06 remaining.
Fayetteville State was just 9 of 29 shooting in the first half but converted on 17 of 21 free throw attempts. The Lady Bears attempted seven free throws but shot 46.4 percent (13 of 28) overall including 3 of 5 behind the 3-point line.
Fayetteville State pushed its advantage to 48-41 at 14:23 of the second half but Shaw rallied to take a 52-51 lead four minutes later. That started a stretch in which the lead changed hands a total of six times. The Lady Broncos fell behind 62-57, but Hanzer scored five consecutive points to reclaim the lead. Sequoyah Griffin followed with a layup to tie the game at 64 and set the stage for the game-winner by Resper.
Fayetteville State shot 30.8 percent (20 of 65) from the floor and forced Shaw into 28 turnovers. The Lady Broncos led in points off turnovers (22-17) and second-chance points (18-9).
The Lady Bears finished 25 of 62 overall and were 6 of 14 behind the 3-point arc. Crystal Harris led Shaw with a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds while Ronika Ransford posted a team-high 17 points. Kearah Jeffreys added 13 points.