FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Shaw University women's basketball team was responsible for a season-high 31 turnovers that cost them an 85-59 decision at Fayetteville State University in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division contest on Saturday afternoon inside the Felton J. Capel Arena.
FSU (8-9, 4-5 CIAA) scored 33-points off the Lady Bears (5-16, 2-7 CIAA) turnovers while adding 54 of their 86 points in the paint. Shaw finished with just 30 points in the paint and tallied 20 points off of the Lady Broncos 25 turnovers.
The Lady Bears started off the contest with five turnovers and the Lady Broncos would be the first to get on the scoreboard after a 3-pointer from Breona Jones to give FSU the 3-0 lead early on. Shaw responded at the 6:34 mark on behalf of a 3-point play for sophomore Lervencia Johnson-Tyler (Many, LA) but she would miss the chance to convert on the 3-point play.
Shaw knotted the contest at 12-12 on a tray ball from junior Raquel Kellow (Conroe, TX) but momentum shifted in favor of FSU after the Lady Bears were responsible for four-consecutive miscues that led to the Lady Broncos making a run to go ahead 21-12 at the end of the first quarter.
The Lady Bears cut the deficit to five thanks to straight buckets from senior KlinTisha Martin (Atlanta, GA) but FSU ballooned a 20-point scoring margin (38-18) in the second stanza after using 19-2 run as the Lady Bears were held scoreless for five minutes until senior Chelsea Long (Melbourne, FL) snapped the scoring drought with a layup with 2:03 left in the first half. FSU scored 10-points off of the Lady Bears six errors to lead 48-22 at halftime.
The third quarter featured more inconsistency from the Lady Bears, they struggled in particularly on the defensive end. Shaw shot 50-percent (5-10) from the floor but accounted for nine turnovers in the frame while FSU held a 20-10 scoring ratio to lead 68-40 at the end of the quarter. Although Shaw outscored FSU 19-18 in the final quarter, it was a little too late for a comeback as the Lady Bears had fell too deep in a whole they would not be able to overcome.
Shaw falls to 1-3 within the division. Martin scored a career-high 21 points to lead Shaw, while Johnson-Tyler added 13 points and seven rebounds.
The Lady Broncos have won their four-consecutive division contest as they stand 4-0 in the South. They were led by Noni Kuumba with a game-high 22 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals, followed by Shantel Bennett with 17 points and Yakima Clifton with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Shaw will be back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 31 versus Virginia State University for a CIAA cross division matchup in C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m.
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