MORROW, Ga. – The Shaw University women's basketball team suffered a 71-42 loss by the hands of No. 24 Clayton State University Saturday afternoon to conclude the Heritage Bank Classic inside the Loch.
Junior Bianca Maxwell (London, England) paced Shaw with 12 points and 14 rebounds while junior Brianna Washington (Woodbridge, VA) had seven points, seven boards and three assists. Freshman Stephanie Custodio (Chino, CA) and junior Chelsea Long (Melbourne, FL) finished with 10 and nine points, respectively, to round out the top performers.
The Lady Bears (2-6) struggled to create any sort of offensive chemistry, scoring just 20 points in the entire first half compared to the Lakers 53. Shaw accounted for 30 turnovers which led to 36 points for Clayton State (8-1).
While Shaw was unable to recover from the hole they had dug themselves in the first half, the Lady Bears came out in the third quarter with some energy and scored nine points in the quarter while holding the Lakers to just four to close the gap 57-29. Shaw saw a 14-13 disadvantage in the fourth quarter as the Lady Bears never got any closer than 29 points for the final minutes of the contest.
Andrea Benford led the charge for the Lakers with 22 points, 11 rebounds and nine steals. Rayven Thomas and Monica Alexander finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Maxwell was named to the All-Tournament Team following the contest. She joined Jesscia Doyle and Machala Raymonville of Amstrong State, Dhyamond Crenshaw of Chowan and Tierra Johnson and Benford of Clayton State. Benford was named the tournament most valuable player.
Shaw will look to regroup over the next couple of days and will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Chowan for a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) contest in Murfreesboro, NC. Tipoff is slated for 5 p.m.
For more information on Shaw women's volleyball and its 11 varsity sports, visit www.shawbears.com.