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.
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.
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