Junior Falecia Cabral (Pawcatock, CT) tallied a team-best 13 points while senior Imani Heggins (Chesapeake, VA) contributed 12 points and six rebounds. Freshman Stephanie Custodio (Chino, CA) would round out the Lady Bears double-figure scoring with 10 points and five boards.
Shaw (2-8, 0-2 CIAA) trailed the Lady Vikings 9-6 in the opening quarter before using three free-throws from Custodio to cut the deficit to one point, 13-12 at the 5:04 mark of the second frame. ECSU (2-5, 1-0 CIAA) would then go on to embellish on an 8-2 spurt to lead 21-15 at the break.
Down 27-17 with 6:20 left in the third quarter, the Lady Bears groomed a 14-3 run to tie the contest at 30-30. Custodio's two free-throw's, followed by a jumper from Cabral put Shaw up 33-30 heading into the fourth quarter.
With some momentum in the final stanza, Shaw would stretch its lead to seven on an and one from Heggins and a three-pointer from junior Brianna Washington (Woodbridge, VA) but the Lady Vikings fought back, scoring five-straight to get within two points.
After a series of exchanging baskets and Shaw holding on to at least a one point lead, ECSU tied the contest at 45-45 on a layup from Jalyn Brown with 54 seconds remaining. From there, the Lady Vikings made two free-throws following a Lady Bears foul as Shaw tried to tie but a three-point attempt hit the back of the iron and landed in ECSU's hand. The Lady Vikings made three free-throws down the stretch to give Shaw its second-straight conference loss.
Brown paced ECSU with 16 points and four rebounds. Chalise Greenwood and Jazmine Nixon both added nine points apiece.
Shaw will look to regroup when they return home to host Spring Hill College for a non-conference tilt at 6 p.m.
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