WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – After starting off with a 12-0 lead in the opening quarter, the Shaw University women's basketball team dropped a 71-65 decision to Palm Beach Atlantic Sunday evening on the first day of the Palm Beach Atlantic Holiday Hoops Classic for a non-conference matchup at the Palm Beach Atlantic Greene Complex.
Shaw had two players score 14 points including junior Bianca Maxwell (London, England) who recorded her 10th double-double on the season and senior Imani Heggins (Chesapeake, VA). Junior Falecia Cabral (Pawcatock, CT) added 11 points, five rebounds and three assists while junior Brianna Washington (Woodbridge, VA) contributed a season-high 10 points, career-high seven boards, two assists and one steal.
The Lady Bears (2-10) got off to a great start in the first quarter, racing out to a 12-0 lead at the 6:51 mark led by Heggins who accounted for six points. The Sailfish (4-6) would finally get on the scoreboard on a 3-pointer from Ayanna Holmes. Despite a 7-1 run from PBA down the stretch, the Lady Bears would lead 18-15 at the end of the quarter.
A layup from Hannah Grim pulled the Sailfish within one point but Shaw would extend its lead twice in the second quarter before the Sailfish would fend its way back on a 6-2 run to close out the first half as the Lady Bears went into the locker room with a 35-33 lead at the break.
In the second half, the Sailfish drained a 3-pointer to give PBA its first lead of the contest. A free-throw by Maxwell tied the game at 36, following a layup from Maxwell would tie again at 38-38 as both teams would go through a series of exchanging baskets throughout the quarter until PBA scored to lead 50-49 heading into the fourth quarter.
PBA got off to a 7-3 run in the final stanza, Shaw trimmed at the deficit three times to get within two points but was unable to take the lead or tie as the Sailfish held off the Lady Bears for the win.
Shaw will close out the Holiday Hoops Classic on Monday afternoon, taking on Florida Tech at 12:30 p.m. FIT was defeated by No. 4 Bellarmine in the first game on Saturday.
PBA Holiday Classic Game Schedule
Shaw vs. Florida Tech | 12:30 p.m.
Palm Beach Atlantic vs. Bellarmine | 2:30 p.m.
For more information on Shaw women's basketball and its 11 varsity sports, visit www.shawbears.com.