LADY BEARS TOP WINSTON-SALEM STATE, 66-60

LADY BEARS TOP WINSTON-SALEM STATE, 66-60

RALEIGH, NC – The Shaw University women's basketball topped the Rams of Winston-Salem State University, 66-60 Wednesday afternoon inside a crowded C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division contest. Three Lady Bears (9-16, 6-7 CIAA, 4-3 Southern Division) scored in double figures for Shaw led by LaQuisha Taylor (Charlotte, NC) who finished with a game-high 19 points and six rebounds.

Joining Taylor in double digits was Chelsea Long (Melbourne, FL) who tallied 12 points while Julia Cordova (Phoenix, AZ) chipped in 10 points.

In the opening stanza, Shaw trailed the Rams 17-9 after a 7-2 scoring frame but a jumper from Cordova at the 1:04 mark cut the deficit to seven points at the end of the first quarter.

The Lady Bears groomed a 13-2 run in the second quarter and was able to take its first lead of the game (20-19) after scoring 11-striaght points with 5:42 left in the first half. Shaw held onto the lead for five minutes until WSSU took the lead back on a jumper from Taylor Boyd. The lead would change two more times before the Rams took the 28-27 lead at intermission.

Both teams shot 33.3 percent from the floor but the Lady Bears scored 12 points off of the Rams miscues while WSSU outscored Shaw 8-0 in the paint and 14-11 from its bench scoring.

After a 15-6 run to start the third quarter, Shaw led 42-34 with 6:37 on the clock before WSSU scored seven unanswered points to pull within one point. Two free-throws by Boyd gave the Rams a 43-42 lead but the Lady Bears managed an 8-6 margin to lead 50-48 heading into the final quarter.

Shaw outscored the Rams 16-12 in the fourth quarter, including a 14-6 run in the first 4:17 and never relinquished the lead.

The Lady Bears finished the game shooting 36.8 percent (21of-57) from the floor while holding the Rams to just 32.4 percent (22-of-68). From long distance, Shaw connected 9-of-27 three-pointers (33.3 percent) compared to WSSU's 30.8 percent (4-of-13). At the charity stripe, the Lady Bears netted 78.9 percent (15-of-19) while the Rams accounted for 70.6 percent (12-of-17).

WSSU (12-11, 8-5 CIAA, 5-2 Division) was led by Trei Torain and Kandace Tate who both ended the night with 12 points apiece. Defensively, Briana Arnold grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

Shaw will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 11 at cross-town rival Saint Augustine's University at 2 p.m.

For the most up-to-date information on Shaw women's basketball and its 11 varsity sport teams, please visit www.shawbears.com.