LADY BEARS FALL AT JOHNSON C. SMITH

LADY BEARS FALL AT JOHNSON C. SMITH

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Missed opportunities at the free throw line and turnovers cost the Shaw University women's basketball team a 89-58 decision at Johnson C. Smith University Saturday afternoon inside BrayBoy Gymnasium for a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division tilt.

The loss dips the Lady Bears (0-12 CIAA, 0-7 South) to 5-17 overall while JCSU stands (8-4 CIAA, 4-2 South) 11-11 on the season.

Two players finished in double figures in scoring for Shaw led by junior Macy Keen (Fort Lauderdale, FL) who tallied 18 points, seven rebounds and three blocks while junior Victoria Swanson (Monmouth, OR) contributed a season-high 14 points including 3-of-3 from 3-point line, eight rebounds and five assists.

In the opening quarter, both teams exchanged baskets but back-to-back 3-pointers from JCSU gave the Golden Bulls a six-point cushion at the 5:02 mark. The Lady Bears trimmed JCSU's lead to four points after a jumper from Keen but the Golden Bulls would end up leading 21-13 after the first quarter.

The Lady Bears cut the deficit to six points early on in the second stanza but the Golden Bulls used a 11-5 scoring margin to take a 12-point lead over Shaw before claiming a 37-22 stand capped off by a layup from Teana Lewis at halftime.

To start the third quarter, Shaw committed five turnovers that resulted in a 31-point command for JCSU. The Golden Bulls then clicked on all cylinders – hitting it last six shots including two 3-pointers in route to a 73-39 over Shaw with one quarter remaining.

The Lady Bears cut the deficit to 27 points but that would be the closest they would get for the remainder of the contest as JCSU scored 30 points off of Shaw's 23 miscues while outscoring the Lady Bears 23-10 in second chances, 43-30 in the paint and a 59-17 stand from its bench.

JCSU was led by Lewis with 21 points and 10 rebounds while JaKeyah McNeil and Aubriana Bonner both tallied 16 points apiece. Blaire Thomas would round out the double figure scoring with 13 points and seven rebounds while Bonner collected nine rebounds and five assists for the Golden Bulls.

Shaw will return to action Wednesday, Feb. 6 at Virginia State University for a CIAA cross division contest. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m. at the VSU Multipurpose Center.

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