MORROW, Ga. – Despite a 13-2 run in the third quarter to narrow a 19-point deficit to eight points, Shaw women's basketball (2-5) dropped a 74-65 decision to Armstrong State University (4-4) Friday evening on the first day of the Heritage Bank Classic in the Loch Gymnasium hosted by Clayton State University. Freshman guard Stephanie Custodio (Chino, CA) led the Lady Bears in scoring with a game-high 20 points while junior forward Bianca Maxwell (London, England) registered a double-double 15 points and 14 rebounds.
The Lady Bears will conclude the Heritage Bank Classic on Saturday, Dec. 3 versus No. 24 Clayton State for a 3:30 p.m. tip-off.
Shaw was undone by a 21-12 first quarter and was forced to play catch-up for the remainder of the game. The Pirates opened up the second quarter with a 6-1 mark to stretch its lead 27-13 before its advantage would expand to 10 points three times including a 37-27 stand with 37 seconds left in the first half. A layup by Mercedes Jenkins would increase the Pirates to a 12-point lead over Shaw at intermission.
The Lady Bears began to chip at the deficit in the third quarter after scoring 10-straight points as Shaw trailed 56-47 at the end of the stanza. Momentum continued for Shaw in the fourth quarter as the Lady Bears got within four points with 6:45 remaining on two free-throws from Custodio but the Pirates scored eight-straight to grow its lead back up to double-figures. The Lady Bears would not get any closer than seven points for the remainder of the contest.
For the game, the Lady Bears shot 36.8 percent (25-68) from the field while Armstrong connected 30-of-80 shots for 37.5 percent. From the three-point line, Shaw was 26.7 percent (8-30) compared to the Pirates 37 percent (10-27). The Lady Bears outrebounded Armstrong State 51-46 but Shaw accounted for 19 turnovers and the Pirates secured 25 points off the Lady Bears miscues.
Armstrong State placed five players in double-digit scoring, led by Kasey Drayton and Machala Raymonville who both tallied 15 points apiece. Jessica Doyle tabbed 14 points while Deundria Clark and Jenkins contributed 13 points each.
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