PETERSBURG, Va. – The Shaw University women's basketball team picked up a 65-56 victory over Salem International University on the final day of the Virginia State University Thanksgiving Classic Saturday afternoon in the VSU Multipurpose Center. The win snaps a two-game skid for the Lady Bears as Shaw stands 2-4 on the season.
Both teams split scoring advantages for the contest, Shaw outscored the Tigers 18-12 in the second and 21-12 in the third while Salem International (0-7) held a 15-14 advantage in the first and 17-11 frame in the fourth.
Bianca Maxwell (London, England) led a balanced attack effort for Shaw, charting a team-best 17 points and a game/career-high 23 rebounds for her sixth-straight double-double of the season. Falecia Cabral (Pawcatock, CT) drained 17 points and five boards while Stephanie Custodio (Chino, CA) added 14 points and six assists in the win.
The first quarter featured four lead changes as the Lady Bears trailed by as many as five points before scoring eight-straight to lead 12-8 over Salem International. The Tigers would claw their way back to close out the quarter with a 15-14 lead on a jumper from Keishla Gilmore.
Over the next seven minutes of the second quarter, the Lady Bears boosted a 17-12 scoring advantage to lead by seven (32-25) – their largest lead of the first half prior to a jumper from Safiya Hernandez that would cut Shaw's lead to five at intermission.
Shaw would build its largest lead of the game at 17 points (53-39) in the third quarter but in the final stanza, Salem International cut the Lady Bears lead with a 17-4 run led by Jiahna Flood-Francis who accounted for 10 points in the spurt. A layup by Maxwell with 1:21 left put the Lady Bears back up five as Shaw would go onto score five-straight to close the game out with the 64-56 win.
Shaw will continue its road slate on Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 at the Clayton State University Tournament. The Lady Bears will face Armstrong Atlantic on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and Clayton State on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Morrow, Ga.
For more information on Shaw women's basketball and its 11 varsity sports, visit www.shawbears.com.