RALEIGH, NC – Junior LaQuisha Taylor (Charlotte, NC) tied a career high with 30 points and the Shaw University women's basketball team used a 8-3 run in the last 1:41 of the game to defeat cross-town rival Saint Augustine's University, 69-57 Saturday afternoon in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division game inside C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.
The victory extends the Lady Bears (6-13, 3-4 CIAA) win-streak to 15-straight against the Lady Falcons as Shaw stands 1-1 within the division. SAU (3-17, 0-9 CIAA) remains winless in the division with a 0-3 mark.
Taylor scored her 30 points with 11-of-21 shooting from the floor and also added 12 rebounds. Junior Bianca Maxwell (London, England) chipped in 15 points, including 9-of-12 from the free-throw line and 12 boards while freshman Stephanie Custodio (Chino, CA) contributed 10 points, eight rebounds and a game-high seven assists.
Shaw finished the game shooting 40 percent (22-of-54), while holding the Lady Falcons to just 34 percent (22-of-64). The Lady Bears garnered 15 points off of second chances and outscored SAU's bench 21-17.
The first quarter saw Shaw take a 21-16 lead as the Lady Bears scored 11-straight to end the quarter. The second quarter featured four ties but SAU would take a two-point lead at intermission after producing a 5-3 run.
Taylor led the Lady Bears at the half with 13 points, on 6-of-10 shooting and seven rebounds. Sophomore Raquel Kellow (Conroe, TX) had eight points, including 2-of-3 from the three-point line as Shaw shot 43 percent (13-of-30) from the floor over 20 minutes.
Strong play on both ends rolled into the third quarter as both teams exchanged baskets until Shaw took a 41-40 lead on a layup from Taylor at the 4:35 mark. The Lady Bears closed out the quarter with a 12-4 run, capped off by a three-pointer from Taylor as time expired.
Although the Lady Bears never gave up its lead in the fourth quarter, SAU pulled within six points with 4:54 left but that would be the closest the Lady Falcons would get as Shaw pushed its lead to 11 points, putting the game out of reach for its rival.
Kaaliya Williams led SAU in scoring with 20 points and seven rebounds while Shakeisha Washington finished with 10 points and seven boards.
Shaw will remain at home, hosting Livingstone College on Monday, Jan. 23 at Spaulding. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m.
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