Braves’ streak ends
MURFREESBORO – Joi Hazel joined Chowan College’s 1000-point club Monday night with a 21-point performance against Fayetteville State University, but it wasn’t enough as the Braves fell 75-67.
Fayetteville found the basket for an early lead, but Chowan’s Tawana Tucker hit the first of two foul shots.
Chowan got the offensive rebound from Tucker’s miss and Hazel split two defenders for the basket as Chowan took a 3-2 lead.
The Braves would hold that lead until Ashley White’s field goal following a Chowan turnover gave the Broncos a 15-14 advantage.
White converted a three-point play but Becky Braswell’s trey kept the Braves within one (18-17).
The Broncos outscored Chowan 16-6 over the next six minutes to take a 34-23 lead.
The Braves tried to cut into the lead but turnovers cost the Braves scoring opportunities as Fayetteville took a 47-31 lead at the half.
The Braves made several attempts to overcome the Fayetteville lead in the second half.
Keyon Sellers’ three-pointer with nine minutes on the clock brought the Braves within six (56-50).
After trading baskets Chowan was within five (60-55) with just over six minutes remaining but Fayetteville scored the next five points to extend their lead to 10 (65-55).
Chowan wouldn’t get any closer as Fayetteville took the 75-67 win.
Fayetteville scored 25 points, including 22 first-half points, off 24 Chowan turnovers.
The Braves shot 41 percent from the floor (22-54) in the loss.
Hazel’s game high 21 points made her the third woman to score 1000 points at Chowan, and the quickest to achieve the honor.
Christina Addison added 16 points while Sellers netted 13.
The loss ended the Braves six game winning streak, dropping Chowan to 11-6 for the season.
Fayetteville (74): Tiffany Mitchell – 14, Ashley White – 13, LaToya Thomas – 12, Chelsea Jeter – 12, S. Roberts – 9, C. Boyd – 4, D. Carter – 3, R. Charles – 3, P. Phillips – 2, J. McMillian – 2
Chowan (67): Joi Hazel – 21, Christina Addison – 16, Keyon Sellers – 13, T. Tucker – 8, M. Tolson – 4, B. Braswell – 3, A. Simmons – 2