(Raleigh, NC)- Shaw's Lady Bears used a strangling first half defense and a 15-0 run to easily defeat visiting Queen's College 62-42 in a game played at C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.
The Lady Bears held the Royals to only five points from the floor in the first half, and a paltry 7.4 shooting percentage (two for 27). Queen's did manage to hit 11 of 15 from the free throw line, but still only finished the half with 16 points.
"That's who we are trying to be – a defensive team," said Shaw Head Coach Jacques Curtis. "We let them score more than we wanted in the second, but we felt good about the first half. If we can get our stops, the offense will follow."
Early in the game, both teams struggled to find their shooting touch or a handle on the ball. With 8:56 left in the first, the Lady Bears held a slim 16-12 lead.
For the next four minutes, Shaw held a scoring clinic, led by Brittany Ransom with seven points and Niesha Searles with six as the Lady Bears mounted off a 15-0 scoring run that gave them a 31-12 lead. By halftime, they had extended the lead to 41-16.
In the second, both teams struggled offensively, with the Royals improving, but only to 27.8 percent shooting, and the Lady Bears hitting only 39.1 percent of their shots.
Early in the second, Queen's cut the Shaw lead below 20 points when Dyonna Battle hit a jumper to make the score 43-25, but that was the closest the Royals came the rest of the game.
For the Royals, Marissa Hudley was the leading scorer with 15 points, while Battle had 11. Tyffani Major led Queen's with eight rebounds and Hudley had three assists.
Shaw's next two games are against teams earning attention in national polls – USC-Aiken and Tusculum.
"We're happy with where we are now," Curtis said, "but it's just going to get tougher and tougher. These next two games are against national programs and we'll have a better sense of exactly where we are after playing them."
Shaw returns to action next Tuesday, December 14 when they travel to USC-Aiken. They return home on Thursday, December 16 to face Tusculum at 6:00 p.m.