LADY BEARS COME UP SHORT AT JOHNSON C. SMITH, 75-68

LADY BEARS COME UP SHORT AT JOHNSON C. SMITH, 75-68

CHARLOTTE, NC – Sophomore guard Raquel Kellow (Conroe, TX) scored a career-high 18 points but the visiting Shaw University women's basketball team came up short against the Golden Bulls of Johnson C. Smith University, 75-68 inside Brayboy Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.

With the loss, Shaw (7-15, 4-6 CIAA) falls to 2-3 in the Southern Division while JCSU (15-5, 8-2 CIAA) improves to 4-1 within the division.

Senior Imani Heggins (Chesapeake, VA) joined Kellow in double figure scoring with 15 points and three rebounds while freshman Stephanie Custodio (Chino, CA) tallied nine points. Junior Bianca Maxwell (London, England) recorded a team-best nine rebounds in the loss.

Shaw finished the game with a shooting percentage of 38.3 percent (18-of-47), 30 percent (6-of-20) from long distance and 74.3 percent (26-of-35) from the charity stripe. The Lady Bears scored 20 points off of the Golden Bulls miscues but JCSU finished the game with a 15-5 advantage in second chances as their bench outscored Shaw's 35-13.

The opening quarter featured two ties but the Lady Bears would take its first lead of the game on a layup from Lillian Smith (Newport News, VA) at the 5:34 mark. Shaw would hold on to the lead until a three-pointer from JaKeyah McNeil gave the Golden Bulls a one point lead (21-20) at the conclusion of the first quarter.

Shaw ballooned to a 9-2 run in the second frame to lead 29-23 over JCSU but the Golden Bulls responded with an 11-1 mark to take the lead 32-30 with 5:34 left in the first half. JCSU would go on to score eight-straight to take a 45-36 lead over Shaw at halftime.

Both teams shot 47 percent from the floor but JCSU was a perfect 6-of-6 from the foul line compared to the Lady Bears 68 percent (11-of-18).  Kellow had 10 points at the break to lead Shaw while Kendall Adams tallied a team-best 12 points, followed by Blaire Thomas with 10 points, respectively.

After a 14-7 run in the third quarter for JCSU, the Lady Bears went on an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to eight points (59-51) with 3:21 left. The Lady Bears saw an 11-point deficit down the stretch but Shaw never gave up and was able to cut the lead to seven heading into the fourth quarter with score 62-55 in favor of JCSU.

In the fourth quarter, Shaw pulled within three points after a 10-6 frame but a tip-in by Asha Jordan extended the Golden Bulls lead back up to five with 2:01 remaining in the contest. A jumper by Custodio trimmed JCSU's lead 70-67 but a 3-pointer from Malia Rivers, followed by a layup from MaryAnna Moore would prove to be too much for Shaw in the end.

Adams led JCSU in scoring with 19 points, including 8-of-11 from the field, while Blaire and Moore ended the game with 14 and 10 points, respectively. Moore and Blaire registered a team-best eight rebounds.

Shaw will return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 1 when they travel to Petersburg, Va. to take on the Trojans of Virginia State at 5:30 p.m. in the VSU Multipurpose Center.

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