MURFREESBORO, NC. – In a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) conference contest, the Shaw University women's basketball team (2-8) fell to the Chowan University (8-2) Saturday night inside the Helms Center.
Shaw was limited to a shooting percentage of 28.6 percent from the field in the second and third quarter while the Hawks took control using a 22-11 margin for points off of turnovers, 18-11 in second chances, and 20-7 from bench points while holding a 53-44 advantage on the boards.
Senior Imani Heggins (Chesapeake, VA) led the effort for Shaw with 18 points and 10 rebounds, followed by junior Bianca Maxwell (London, England) with 15 points and 10 rebounds and freshman Stephanie Custodio (Chino, CA) with 10 points and six boards.
Both teams started the game with a slow performance, exchanging baskets over a seven minute span before a three-pointer from the Hawks led to a 14-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. Chowan used momentum from its 5-2 run in the first stanza into the second quarter as the Hawks opened up the quarter 6-0 run.
A bucket from Heggins snapped a scoring drought for Shaw as the Lady Bears got within seven points (20-13) at the 8:13 mark. The Hawks would maintain control on a 10-3 scoring advantage to lead by 13 points midway. The Lady Bears would get within eight points after a layup from junior Brianna Washington (Woodbridge, VA) but Chowan held a 34-26 lead at the break.
The Lady Bears was not able to match Chowan in the third and fourth quarters, Shaw was outscored 24-17 in the third and 22-17 in the fourth quarter, as the third frame outburst was too much to overcome by the Lady Bears.
Jordan Payne led Chowan with 20 points and 14 rebounds, following Chantel Roberts who had 15 points while Courtni Williams and Jada Lee contributed nine points apiece.
Shaw will look to regroup when they return to action for a CIAA crossover contest at Elizabeth City State University Tuesday, Dec. 13. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m.
For more information on Shaw women's basketball and its 11 varsity sports, visit www.shawbears.com.