RALEIGH, NC – The Shaw University women's basketball team dropped an 88-73 decision to the visiting Livingstone College Lady Blue Bears Monday evening inside C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium for a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division contest.
The loss drops the Lady Bears (6-14, 3-5 CIAA) to 1-2 in the division while LC (9-9, 4-4 CIAA) improves to 2-1 in division action.
The Lady Bears struggled offensively, shooting just 39 percent (23-of-59) for the game, including 33.3 percent (6-of-18) from the three-point line and 60 percent (21-of-35) from the foul line.
Shaw had four players score in double figures led by junior LaQuisha Taylor (Charlotte, NC) who finished with 20 points and eight rebounds. Senior Imani Heggins (Chesapeake, VA), junior Chelsea Long (Melbourne, FL) and sophomore Raquel Kellow (Conroe, TX) all chipped in 13 points apiece.
In the first five minutes of action, the game was tied at 9-9 until LC knocked down a 3-pointer that would lead to a 7-3 run to conclude the first quarter as the Lady Blue Bears led 17-12 over Shaw.
Both teams exchanged baskets to start the second quarter but LC caught fire after embarking on a 22-5 scoring advantage to lead by 21 points with 31 seconds left in the first half. Two free-throws by Long cut the deficit to 19 but Shaw trailed 48-29 at halftime.
Shaw shot poorly in the first half, only connecting 8-of-33 from the field (24.2 percent) compared to the Lady Blue Bears 50 percent (17-of-34). LC netted 6-of-9 shots (66.7 percent) from behind the arc and accounted for 88.9 percent (8-of-9) from the free-throw line while the Lady Bears hit 4-of-14 (28.6 percent) from the three-point line and 9-of-13 (69.2 percent) from the charity stripe.
LC had two players in double figures at the half, including Bria Patterson who led all scorers with 12 points and Brittany Taylor who chipped in 10 points. Taylor had 11 points to lead Shaw.
Shaw opened the third quarter with a 9-5 run but the Lady Bears continued to trail down the stretch. At the 5:38 mark, the Lady Blue Bears planted a 14-2 run to lead by 27 points – its largest lead of the game. The last 3:27, Shaw went point-for-point with LC but a three-pointer by Deonna Young gave the Lady Blue Bears a 74-48 lead they would not relinquish heading into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Bears outscored LC, 25-14 in the fourth but it proved to be too late for Shaw's chances of a comeback as the Lady Bears surrendered by 15 points at the conclusion of the game.
Patterson led all scorers with 21 points and four assists. Young added 20 points and Taylor chipped in 18 points for LC.
Shaw will remain at home Wednesday, Jan. 25 as the Lady Bears plays host to Fayetteville State University with a tipoff slated for 6 p.m. in C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.
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