Bowie State Women's Basketball Drops Top-Seeded Fayetteville State in Overtime


Fourth-seeded Bowie State University outscored Fayetteville State University 13-5 in overtime, taking a 72-64 win over the top-seeded Broncos in the quarterfinals of the 2018 CIAA Tournament at Bojangles' Coliseum on Wednesday evening.

This game marked the 12th time the Bulldogs and Lady Broncos have met in the CIAA Tournament and Bowie State holds a 7-4 advantage.

Fayetteville State got on the scoreboard first, but the long ball was working early for Bowie State. Proctor and Jing knocked down triples they helped the Bulldogs jump out to an early 10-6 lead by the first under five-minute media timeout. Both team struggled to generate points following the timeout with Bowie State leading 13-11 after 10 minutes thanks to a layup by BSU freshman Talanya Hutton (Seat Pleasant, Md.) as time expired.

The Bulldogs pushed their lead to 18-11 before the Broncos responded with an 8-0 to take a 19-18 lead. However, Bowie State answered with a 7-0 run to regain the lead at 25-19 and led 28-21 at the 5:45 mark of the second quarter.

A pair of free throws by FSU sophomore Shantel Bennett followed by a Noni Kumba (Tracy, Calif.) trimmed Bowie State's lead down to three (28-25). Bowie State's Williams stuck a jumper only to have Fayetteville State score the last five points, capped off by a 3-point heave by senior Breona Jones (Henderson, N.C.), sending the teams into halftime tied at 30-all.

The Broncos shot 42.9 percent from the field over the first half of play, making 12-of-28 shots compared to 34.5 percent (10-of-29) for the Bulldogs. Bowie State out-rebounded Fayetteville State 24-16 with Williams hauling down eight to lead both teams.

Fayetteville State opened the second half with four unanswered points before the a Colston jumper stopped the mini-run.

Sophomore Danaisha Christian (Pocomoke, Md.) knocked down a shot baseline jumper to cut the Bulldogs deficit to 36-35 just prior to the under-five media time out in the third quarter. Graduate student Sade Chatman (Minneapolis, Minn.) made one of two free throws to tie the game at 36-all and jumper in paint by Proctor gave the lead back to Bowie State at 38-36.

The BSU lead didn't last long as Kuumab drilled a triple in front of the Broncos bench to give the lead back to Fayetteville State at 39-38. Back-to-back field goals by Chi Chi Madeuebgunam (Charlotte, N.C.) and Jones gave the Lady Broncos at 43-39. FSU's Jones converted two free throws that enabled Fayetteville State to take a 45-39 after three quarters.

Bowie State's Christian hot a pair of free throws and Jing followed with baseline jumper to pull the Bulldogs within two at 45-43 to start the fourth quarter. Redshirt junior Pere Alexander (Baltimore, Md.) tied the game at 46-all at the 7:02 mark.

Williams was fouled on a layup and completed the three-point play to shift the advantage over the Bowie State's Bulldogs at 49-46.

The Broncos used a 13-4 burst to take a 59-53 lead with just under three minutes remaining in the game only to see the Bulldogs close the gap to 59-57 after a Chatman layup with 1:36 remaining.

Colston made one of two free throws to tie the game at 59-all with 41 seconds and the score remained tied, creating overtime.

Proctor drilled a three from the wing to begin overtime and Williams knocked down a pair of free throws to give Bowie State the 64-59 lead.

Bennett gave Fayetteville State its first two points of the overtime via a pair of free throws and Best followed with one of two free throws with 2:16 left to cut the Bulldogs lead to 64-62.

With time running down on the shot clock, Colston banked a straight away 3-pointer, was fouled on the play and made the free throw for the 68-62 advantage.

Following an FSU miss, Sade Chatman knocked down a free throw to extend the lead to 69-62 with 1:13 to play.  Fayetteville State would then commit a costly turnover that led to two more free throws, this time by Lisa Jing, making it 71-62.

Another Bronco turnover ended with another Chatman free throw to end the BSU scoring.  FSU's Shaiquanda James provided the 72-64 final with a jumper with 21 seconds remaining, as BSU ran out the clock to take the upset win.

Fayetteville State (16-9) was paced by Shantel Bennett, as she had a game-high 20 points. Teammate Noni Kuumba had 15 points while Courtney Best secured a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.  FSU shot 42.6% from the field (23-of-54) while BSU shot just 33.9% (21-of-62).

Bowie State had two players post double-doubles, with Kyaja Williams netting 16 points and 10 rebounds and Sade Chatman scoring 10 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.  Kiara Colston and Lisa Jing also had a productive outing, scoring 13 and 12 points, respectively.

The win improves BSU to 19-8 on the season while FSU finishes their year at 16-10 overall.

Bowie State will advance to play the winner of the Winston-Salem State/Virginia State game on Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Spectrum Center in Uptown Charlotte.

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