ETTRICK, VA – The Shaw University rattled off a 10-point deficit in the third quarter to claim a 60-54 overtime win at Virginia State University Wednesday night at the VSU Multipurpose Center. Not only did the win snapped a five game losing skid for the Lady Bears (6-17, 1-12) but also gave Shaw its first Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) victory and road win of 2018-19.
Shaw was led by junior Macy Keen (Fort Lauderdale, FL) who registered her 11th double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds while senior KlinTisha Martin (Atlanta, GA) tallied 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting to go along with four rebounds.
The Lady Bears got off to a good start, opening the contest with a 10-2 run capped off by a jumper from freshman Amani Moxley (Moreno Valley, CA) at the 4:10 mark. VSU cut the deficit to one but Shaw would close out the first quarter with a 14-9 lead after Martin found Keen for an easy layup.
Shaw scored four-straight to extend its lead 18-12 to open the second quarter. The lead would change four times until a layup from Keen provided a 29-28 edge over the Trojans at halftime.
Although VSU outscored the Lady Bears in the third quarter (15-6), Shaw managed to erase a 10-point deficit in the fourth stanza by using a 9-0 run including seven-straight from Martin to pull the Lady Bears within 47-46 with 3:50 remaining in regulation.
The Trojans went up by six points after a layup from Shayln Washington but Martin answered with a clutch 3-pointer that closed the gap to 52-49 with under 1:00 left. Missed opportunities at the free throw line from VSU led to a defensive rebound for Martin where senior Raquel Kellow (Conroe, TX) was able to find sophomore Keyonte Cherry (Rocky Mount, NC) for a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession that tied the contest at 52-all with 35 seconds left in regulation.
The Lady Bears showed grit and was able to force the Trojans to commit a turnover to send the game into overtime where Shaw would outscore VSU 8-2 ignited by Martin's third 3-pointer of the evening and clutch free throw shooting from junior Victoria Swanson (Monmouth, OR) down the stretch.
Shaw finished the contest shooting a season-best 52.5-percent (21-40) from the field, including 46.7-perecent (7-15) from long distance and 62.5-percent (10-16) from the charity stripe. The Lady Bears also held a 32-25 stand in rebounds over the Trojans.
VSU was led by Washington with 16 points while Autumn Hopson and Chrisanna Green tallied 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Shaw will return to action Saturday, Feb. 9 at Livingstone College for a CIAA Southern Division contest. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. at New Trent Gymnasium.
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