RALEIGH, N.C. – The Shaw University women's basketball team won 83-82 in overtime against longtime rival Saint Augustine's University in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division contest on Friday night inside the historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.
With 28 seconds left in regulation, SAU's guard Kamya Renwicks had a layup that tied the score at 70-70 which would send the game into overtime. The Lady Bears went ahead 82-77 in the extra period on a 7-2 spurt with 16 seconds remaining. The Lady Falcons hit a jumper to stay within three before senior LaQuisha Taylor (Charlotte, NC) hit one-of-two free-throws to give Shaw a four-point lead with just five seconds remaining and because Taylor hit that lone freebie, the Lady Bears were able to come away with the win despite a made 3-pointer at the buzzer from SAU's Kiana Clark, as the scoreboard showed 83-82 in favor of Shaw.
The Lady Bears (6-20, 3-11 CIAA, 2-6 South) snapped a seven-game losing skid with the overtime win tonight while the Lady Falcons (6-17, 2-11 CIAA, 2-6 South) have now lost their fourth-straight and Shaw evens the season series.
Taylor scored a team-best 21 points, including 5-of-9 from the 3-point line to go along with nine rebounds while senior KlinTisha Martin (Atlanta, GA) tallied 15 points and nine rebounds. Junior Tahniya Sweatt (Pasadena, CA) finished with 11 points, five assists and three rebounds in the win.
SAU had four players in double figures. Kaaliya Williams produced 24 points, five rebounds and three steals. Tomisha Davis contributed 15 points, five rebounds and three steals. Renwicks added 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals and Clark registered 11 points.
Shaw outscored the Lady Falcons 34-28 in the first half but in the third quarter, SAU owned a 20-14 scoring margin over the Lady Bears. A 11-3 run, including back-to-back 3-pointers from Taylor capped off an eight-point lead (59-51) for Shaw at the 7:03 mark of the fourth quarter. Eventually, the Lady Bears would groom a 67-58 surge with 3:12 remaining before the Lady Falcons went on a 12-4 frame to send the game into an extra session.
The difference of the game featured the Lady Bears going to the line 30 times, making 16 of their free-throws to shoot 53.3-percent from the charity stripe compared to SAU who connected just 8-of-17 (62.5-percent). Shaw tallied 17 points in second chance opportunities and retrieved 49 points from their bench ignited by senior Julia Cordova (Phoenix, AZ) who became a huge impact for the Lady Bears down the stretch, finishing with eight points and three rebounds in 14 minutes of action.
Shaw will return to action Wednesday, Feb. 21 with a home contest versus Fayetteville State for Senior Night at 6 p.m. in Spaulding.
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