MURFREESBORO, NC- The Shaw University women's basketball team suffered a tough loss 66-57 to the Chowan University Hawks on Saturday afternoon in the Helms Center. The setback puts the Lady Bears to 8-6 on the season and brings their conference record to 1-1.
Verdine Warner continued her streak of double-doubles. Warner led all players in the contest with 26 points and 16 rebounds. Tabatha Anderson added nine points for the Lady Bears.
Jordan Payne scored 22 points for the Hawks, while Rachel Gostomski and Alisha Mobley chipped in with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
The first half of the contest had intensive play from both teams. During the first half alone the lead changed seven times and the game tied 10 times. Gostomski put the Hawks on the board first with a three-pointer and Mobley added a layup to give Chowan an early 5-0 advantage. Warner would change that with two layups and three free throws to tie the Lady Bears and Hawks 7-7. Chowan would take the lead again until the 10:35 mark when Kaula Jacks hit a jumper followed by Warner with two made free-throws to give Shaw a narrow 15-13 advantage. The Lady Bears led the Hawks by on heading into halftime with a score of 35-34.
The Hawks came into the second half with great energy, immediately taking the lead after two made free-throws from Payne and a Mobley layup Chowan would extend the lead to as many as ten points with 8:16 left in the game (55-45). The Lady Bears would put up more 13 points on the board, including a three-pointer from Anderson but would not be enough to win the game and the Hawks closed out the contest with a 66-57 victory.
"This afternoon we depended on Verdine a lot for scoring and didn't get a lot from the other positions," said Associate Head Coach Carl Hatchell. "Going into the next game we have to get better. We don't need to worry about the other team, just focus on us, change and better ourselves."
The Lady Bears travel to Virginia State on January 5th , 2015. The CIAA cross-divisional game is slated to tipoff at 5:30pm.