STRONG FIRST HALF LIFTS LADY BEARS TO SECOND STRAIGHT WIN

STRONG FIRST HALF LIFTS LADY BEARS TO SECOND STRAIGHT WIN

AUGUSTA, Ga. – A second straight smothering first half helped the Shaw University women's basketball team to a 96-61 road victory over Paine College in nonconference action on a snowy Wednesday afternoon. The victory improved the Lady Bears to 5-13 overall while the Lady Lions remain winless on the year at 0-15.

Five players scored in double figures for the Lady Bears led by senior KlinTisha Martin (Atlanta, GA) who scored a team-high 19 points to go along with five rebounds. Junior Tahniya Sweatt (Pasadena, CA) charted 15 points while dishing out a game-high eight assists, following sophomore Lervencia Johnson-Tyler (Many, LA) with 14 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three assists.

Senior LaQuisha Taylor (Charlotte, NC) and senior Chelsea Long (Melbourne, FL) both finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Shaw gathered a 20-8 lead in the opening quarter after a layup from Taylor with under 5:00 to go. The Lady Bears would end up taking a 30-10 stand on a 10-2 run heading into the second quarter.

A layup from Johnson-Tyler started off the Lady Bears run in the second stanza as Shaw produced a 15-2 spurt in route to a scoring margin of 24-8 for the Lady Bears. Shaw led 54-18 at halftime.

The second half showed to be much of a better shooting stand for the Lady Lions as they shot 50-percent (10-20) from the field in the third quarter and 53-percent (8-15) from the floor in the fourth quarter. However, the Lady Bears dominance in the first half proved to be too much for Paine to handle despite Shaw being outscored 18-17 in the final frame.

Zhane Green led all scorers with 21 points for Paine while Pedrica Bain and Keondra Archie added 13 and 11 points, respectively.

Shaw will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 20 when the Lady Bears host Winston-Salem State University in a CIAA Southern Division contest scheduled for 2 p.m. in C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.

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