RALEIGH, NC – The Shaw University men's and women's basketball teams will make a visit to face the Trojans of Virginia State University in Petersburg, Va., on Wednesday, Feb. 1 in the VSU Multipurpose Center.
The women's game will tipoff at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men's game at 7:30 p.m. Both contests will offer live audio with Donal Ware providing play-by-play commentary and color analyst Michael Rochelle online. In addition, live stats will be available online at www.shawbears.com as well. Fans can also follow live tweets on Twitter @ShawBears.
The Lady Bears (7-15, 4-6 CIAA) will attempt to get back in the win column Wednesday against the Trojans for the two squads first meeting this season after coming up short at Johnson C. Smith, 75-68 loss last Saturday in Charlotte. Sophomore Raquel Kellow (Conroe, TX) had a breakout performance, scoring a career-high 18 points, including 4-of-8 from the three-point line. Senior Imani Heggins (Chesapeake, VA) added 15 points.
Top scorers for the Lady Bears consist of junior LaQuisha Taylor (Charlotte, NC) who nets 20.9 points per game, while freshman Stephanie Custodio (Chino, CA) and Heggins follow with 11.7 and 11.6 points. Junior Bianca Maxwell (London, England) rounds out double figure scoring for Shaw with 10.2 points, respectively. Despite the record, Shaw averages 65.0 points per game (fifth in the CIAA), shooting 38.9 percent from the floor, 32.1 percent (first in the CIAA) from long distance and 70.6 percent (second in the CIAA) from the foul line.
The Trojans (14-6, 6-4 CIAA) welcome the Lady Bears to the Multipurpose Center after earning a 53-52 win over Lincoln Saturday. Endia McKinney finished with 15 points while Mia Fitts added 14. VSU's leading scorer is Nandi Taylor, who averages 15.6 points per game (fourth in the CIAA). McKinney and Fitts average 12.3 and 10.2 points, respectively. VSU ranks second in the league behind Shaw with a 31 percent shooting average from behind the arc.
The Lady Bears lead the all-time series 29-16 over the Trojans.
Shaw (10-10, 6-4 CIAA) will look to carry its winning momentum into the VSU Multipurpose Center after a triumph 66-63 road win at division foe Johnson C. Smith on Jan. 28 led behind senior Benji Bell's (Gainesville, FL) 21 points. Bell has led the team in scoring, posting 17.1 points per contest. Senior Larry Richardson, II (Garner, NC) follows with 12.9 and senior David Madol (Manchester, NH) tally's 11.1 points.
The Trojans (17-3, 9-1 CIAA), currently on a 11-game win-streak are coming off a 72-67 win against Lincoln last weekend. Elijah Moore and Brice Rowe ended the game with a team-high 18 points while Richard Granberry and Walter Williams recorded 12 and 10 points. The Trojans leading scorer is Granberry, who averages 14.8 points per game. Kevin Williams and Moore contribute 13.7 and 12.3 points to conclude double digit scoring for VSU.
VSU ranks first in the conference with a field goal percentage of 47.9 percent. From the three-point line, the Trojans rank second (36.3 percent) while Shaw is fifth at 33.6 percent. The Bears have an advantage over the Trojans at the free-throw line, shooting 71.5 percent (third in the CIAA) compared to VSU's 63 percent (11th in CIAA) but statistics show that VSU leads the conference in rebounds (41.1), assists (18.4) and stands second in the league averaging 77.2 points per game.
The Bears were defeated by the Trojans last season in C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium. VSU has a 45-25 all-time record over Shaw.
For the most up-to-date information on Shaw basketball and its 11 varsity sport teams, please visit www.shawbears.com.