RALEIGH, NC – The Shaw University women's basketball team dropped an 89-53 decision at the hands of USC Aiken Wednesday afternoon inside C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium in a non-conference contest. With the loss Shaw stands 1-3 overall while USC Aiken improves to 3-2 on the year.
Junior Chelsea Long (Melbourne, FL) led the Lady Bears in scoring with 19 points and six rebounds. Junior Brianna Washington (Woodbridge, VA) added seven points, four rebounds and two assists while freshman Stephanie Custodio (Chino, CA) chipped in six points and four rebounds. Junior Falecia Cabral (Pawcatock, CT) recorded a team-best eight rebounds.
The Lady Bears came up with three blocks as a team, Shaw outrebounded the Pacers 39-38 and went to the line six more times than its opponent.
For the game, Shaw shot 33 percent (20-for-61) from the field and 21 percent (5-for-24) from the three-point line. USC Aiken went 49 percent (36-for-73) from the floor and 50 percent (15-for-30) from deep. The Pacers also held an edge off second chances 21-4 and points off of turnovers 29-4.
Shaw quickly erased a 7-0 deficit after a three-pointer by Long snapped the scoring drought for the Lady Bears. SU would go on to score five straight but the Pacers hot shooting from behind the arc gave USC Aiken the 21-8 advantage as the Lady Bears trailed 25-15 at the end of the first quarter.
A three-pointer by Long cut the Lady Bears deficit to eight points in the second quarter but the Pacers responded with a three of their own that would plant a 22-9 scoring frame as Shaw was held scoreless for 4:08 in the period. The Lady Bears would trail 48-27 at the break.
In the second half, the Lady Bears cut the Pacers lead to 25 but that would be the closest SU would get the rest of the way.
For the Pacers, Jasmine Carter charted 21 points to lead all scorers, followed by Emry Tsitouris with 14 points and Kwajelin Farrar added 12 points and a team-best nine rebounds.
Shaw will return to action on Friday, Nov. 25 when they travel to Petersburg, Va. for the VSU Thanksgiving Classic against Wilmington (Del.) at 4 p.m. The Lady Bears will wrap up the classic on Saturday, Nov. 26 versus Salem International at 2 p.m. The classic will be played at the VSU Multipurpose Center.
For more information on Shaw women's basketball and its 11 varsity sports, visit www.shawbears.com.