RALEIGH, NC – Shaw University men's and women's basketball will host its annual Blackout Night Wednesday, Feb. 8 versus Winston-Salem State University inside C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium with the women's game scheduled for 6 p.m. and the men's game at 8 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear black to the game and arrive early due to limited seating space.
Live statistics for both games will be available online at www.shawbears.com.
LADY BEARS vs. RAMS
The two teams met earlier this season as WSSU defeated Shaw, 65-59 in C.E. Gaines Center on Jan. 18. In that contest, the Lady Bears shot just 31.7 percent (19-60) from the field, 30.8 percent (8-26) from the three-point line and 54.2 percent (13-24) from the foul line. The Lady Bears were outscored 36-14 in the paint, 16-9 in second chances and 37-16 off the bench.
The Lady Bears, 8-16, 5-7 CIAA, 3-3 Southern Division will look for its second-straight division win against WSSU Wednesday. Shaw is coming off a triumph 63-60 victory at Livingstone College Saturday, Feb. 4. Three Lady Bears scored in double figures, including LaQuisha Taylor (Charlotte, NC) who registered a game-high 23 points while grabbing a game-high 16 points.
Shaw is shooting 38.9 percent from the floor (third in the CIAA) while WSSU is fourth with 38.3 percent. The Lady Bears lead the conference in three-point shooting, averaging 33.1 percent on the season. As a unit, Shaw averages 64.6 points per game and 39.6 rebounds per outing.
As for the Rams, WSSU (12-10, 8-4 CIAA) heads to Spaulding on a two-game win-streak. The Rams defeated Saint Augustine's by the score of 57-51 at home last weekend. Briana Arnold led the team in scoring with 14 points while Taylor Boyd tallied a game-high 10 rebounds.
For the series, Shaw holds an all-time record of 38-19 overall against WSSU.
BEARS vs. RAMS
This will also be the second meeting between the Bears and Rams this season. Shaw persevered in a 64-62 road win at WSSU back on Jan. 18 led by Larry Richardson, II (Garner, NC)'s 20 points in the second half. The Bears outscored the Rams 30-28 in the first half but both teams tallied 34 points apiece in the second.
With a first place record of 5-1 in the Southern Division, Shaw will look to keep up its winning momentum Wednesday after defeating Livingstone, 69-64 in overtime last weekend. The Bears never led the entire game but was able to take its first lead during the extra session and never looked back after connecting 7-of-8 from the free-throw line in the final minute. DaVaughan Kelsie (Richmond, VA) ended up with a team-best 12 points off the bench in the win.
Benji Bell (Gainesville, FL) is the team's leading scoring, averaging 16.8 points per game. Shaw averages 71.5 points per game (seventh in the CIAA) and shoots 43.8 percent from the floor. At the free-throw line, the Bears are fourth in the league at 71 percent.
The Rams (10-12, 5-7 CIAA, 3-3 Division) defeated SAU for its third division win on the year. William Crandell finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds. WSSU has three players in double figures offensively but Robert Colon has a team-best 17.3 points per game (fourth in CIAA).
Both teams are fairly even on the boards, Shaw averages 36.5 rebounds per game while the Rams grab 36.2 boards. The Bears currently own a three-game win-streak against the Rams.
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