WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Shaw University women's basketball team suffered a 65-59 loss to Winston-Salem State University Wednesday evening inside the C.E. Gaines Center for a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division contest. The loss snaps a two-game win streak for Shaw as the Lady Bears stand 5-13 overall, 2-4 in the conference and 0-1 in the division while the Rams post an 8-9 record overall, 4-3 within the CIAA and 2-0 in the division.
Shaw shot 31.7 percent (19-60) from the field, 30.8 percent (8-26) from the three-point line and 54.2 percent (13-24) from the foul line. The Lady Bears were outscored 36-14 in the paint, 16-9 in second chances and 37-16 off the bench.
Junior LaQuisha Taylor (Charlotte, NC) led all scorers with 16 points. Junior Bianca Maxwell (London, England) chipped in 13 points while junior Chelsea Long (Melbourne, FL) and senior Imani Heggins (Chesapeake, VA) tallied nine points apiece. Both Taylor and Maxwell led the Lady Bears with a team-best of eight rebounds.
WSSU raced out to a 10-4 lead in the opening quarter before the Lady Bears pulled within five points on a 4-0 run at the 4:09 mark. Shaw trailed by five points midway but that would be the closest the Lady Bears would get as the Rams closed out the quarter on an 11-6 run after Jasmine Carter dropped a bucket at the buzzer.
Down 10 points to start the second, both teams exchanges baskets for the first five minutes. Although the Lady Bears trailed by five points on three occasions, Shaw was unable to close the gap as WSSU held a 40-35 advantage at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Lady Bears used a 5-2 run to pull within two points (42-40) but the Rams responded with a three-pointer to stretch its lead back up to five. WSSU would maintain its lead for the remainder of the quarter after holding a 6-2 scoring advantage in the paint and a 9-4 ratio off of bench points to lead 51-48 heading into the fourth quarter.
Shaw took its first lead of the game at the 8:46 mark after Long knocked down a three-pointer. The Rams took the lead back after scoring four-straight but a layup from Heggins gave the Lady Bears the lead again with 6:13 left. The contest would tie two times down the stretch before a foul by the Lady Bears followed by two technical fouls from Shaw's bench resulted in the Rams going to the line to shoot six free-throws. WSSU would sink four-of-six to take a 62-59 lead with 50 seconds left that would ultimately hand the Lady Bears its first division loss.
WSSU finished the contest converting 26-of-63 (41.3 percent) from field goal range, 4-of-20 (20 percent) from behind the arc and 9-of-16 (56.3 percent) from the charity stripe.
Brionna Pate led the Rams in scoring with 11 points. Carter and Taylor Boyd both contributed 10 points each. Briana Arnold recorded a game-high 10 rebounds while Boyd and Pate finished with seven boards apiece.
Shaw will return to action Saturday, Jan. 21 versus cross-town rival Saint Augustine's University for a 2 p.m. tipoff inside C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium. Doors will open at 1 p.m.
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