PETERSBURG, Va. – First quarter woes handed the Shaw University women's basketball team a 69-57 setback to the Virginia State University Trojans for a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) cross division contest on the road at the VSU Multipurpose Center Wednesday. The Lady Bears were held to just 20 percent (2-of-10) shooting from the field and three-point line (1-of-5) in the opening frame.
As a team, Shaw (7-16, 4-7 CIAA) made 42.9 percent of its shots overall and shot 50 percent from long distance. VSU (15-6, 7-4 CIAA) shot 43.1 percent overall and 28.6 percent from beyond the three-point line.
With only a roster of eight players dressed tonight, junior LaQuisha Taylor (Charlotte, NC) was a bright spot for the Lady Bears, pacing Shaw with 22 points and six rebounds, including 7-of-9 from the floor and a perfect 7-of-7 from the charity stripe. Sophomore Raquel Kellow (Conroe, TX) chipped in 16 points and dished out four assists while junior Julia Cordova (Phoenix, AZ) finished with eight points and five rebounds. Senior Imani Heggins (Chesapeake, VA) and freshman Stephanie Custodio (Chino, CA), the team's second and third leading scorers were suspended due to a violation of team rules.
After a cold first quarter, the Lady Bears managed to outscore the Trojans 26-23 in the second to trail by 10 points (44-34) at halftime. VSU led by as many as 16 points in the third quarter before Shaw closed the gap to 12 after scoring the quarters last six-straight points to trail 61-49 heading into the fourth quarter.
Both teams scored just eight points in the final stanza but the Trojans would not relinquish the lead as Shaw was only able to pull within 11 points for the remainder of the way.
Nandi Taylor ended the night with a game-high 29 points for VSU. Domonique Hagains added 14 points and Taylor Daniels contributed 10 points.
Shaw will look regroup when they travel to Livingstone College on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. for a CIAA division contest.
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