[Raleigh, NC] - Four Lady Bears scored in double figures - led by Brittany Ransom's 18 - and Shaw overpowered Virginia Union 86-61 in a game played at C. C. Spaulding Gymnasium Monday night.
The Lady Bears sprinted to a 16-2 lead less than six minutes into the game and cruised the rest of the way, never letting the Lady Panthers get closer than 12 the rest of the game.
"We're getting there," said Shaw head coach Jacques Curtis. "We've added a lot of new players and we're coming together. You can have talent, but it has to blend in order to be really successful. We're still a couple of weeks away from being where we want to be."
After building a 23 point lead by the half, the Lady Bears only outscored VUU 39-37 in the second.
"It is tough to get them to maintain that intensity," Curtis said. "We really got after it in the first half. We had a drop off that we're not happy with in the second. We put together two good halves, but it was the second half Saturday (against Virginia State) and the first half today."
The Shaw defense smothered Virginia Union early, holding the Lady Panthers to only 24.3 percent shooting in the first half. The Lady Panthers forced 30 Shaw turnovers and took 19 more shots than the Lady Bears. Shaw won the battle of the boards 54-33, though, and had a much hotter shooting hand. Shaw hit 53.7 percent of their shots on the game while VUU hit only 31.5 percent.
Shaw opened the game scoring seven straight points, and when Aslea Williams hit a jumper with 14:24 left in the first, she gave the Lady Bears a commanding 16-2 lead.
The Lady Bears never looked back. With 9:17 left in the first, Williams hit a layup that stretched the Shaw lead to 20, 27-7. The Lady Panthers trimmed the lead to 15 when Melyse Brown hit a layup and then a free throw shot to make the score 36-21.
Crystal Harris closed out the scoring in the first, hitting a pair of free throws with only ten seconds remaining to give the Lady Bears a 47-24 lead at the half.
In the second, the Lady Bears slowly stretched the lead, and with 8:57 left in the game, Ransom hit a three pointer that gave the Bears a 30-point lead at 68-38. The Lady Bears would lead by as much as 34, but the Lady Panthers closed out the game on a 15-6 run, making the final score 86-61.
With the win, Shaw improves to 6-5 on the season, 2-0 in the CIAA. Virginia Union drops to 3-7, 0-2 in the conference.
Ransom's 18 led both teams. Kyria Buford had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Harris finished the night with 11 and Williams added another ten. Allyssa Lane led both squads with five assists. In all, 12 Lady Bears scored in the game.
For the Lady Panthers, Dashia Chandler led the way with 17 points. Ashle Freeman had 15 and Vicki Collier tossed in another 10. Parress Davis had 10 rebounds to lead Union.
The Lady Bears return to action Thursday night when they host Bowie State. Tip is at 6:00 p.m. at the C. C. Spaulding Gymnasium on the Shaw campus.