Graduate guard Ashley Fields recorded her seventh double-double of the season but it wasn’t enough as Fayetteville State University defeated Claflin University, 69-55, in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association contest in Tullis Arena on Monday.
The loss dropped the Lady Panthers to 12-11 overall and 8-7 in the CIAA. Fayetteville State improved to 13-7, 9-4 in the conference.
Fields led all scorers and rebounders with 19 points and 14 rebounds. She also had two steals in the contest. Fields was honored before the game as the Claflin women’s basketball nominee for the Lowe’s CIAA Senior CLASS Award.
Dashia Jackson was the next highest scorer for Claflin with eight points. Jackson finished the game with five rebounds and three assists.
Orangeburg native Autheria Dantzler came off the bench to contribute seven points in the loss.
Fayetteville State had four players to finish in double figures with Shantel Bennett leading the way with 14 points.
Jasmine Covington had 13 points with four rebounds while Darria Hewitt recorded a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Katisha Hyman rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10 points.
Claflin trailed Fayetteville State by a 35-20 score at intermission.
The Lady Panthers will return to action this Thursday, Feb. 7, when they host Winston-Salem State University for Military Appreciation Day. It will also be blackout night and fans are encouraged to wear black clothing to the 7:30 p.m. contest.