RALEIGH, N.C. – On Mar. 23, 2012, the Shaw University women's basketball team won the school's first ever NCAA Division II National Champion under the leadership of head coach, Jacques Curtis. The Lady Bears roared back from an 11-point deficit in the second half to claim the 88-82 overtime victory over then No. 2 ranked – Ashland University in San Antonio, TX.
Five Lady Bears posted double figures in scoring led by Sequoyah Griffin with 24 points (10-15) while Brittney Spencer added 16 points and seven assists as Aslea Williams and Brittany Ransom both contributed 14 points apiece. Kyria Buford finished with 10 points and eight rebounds while grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds.
The 2012 NCAA DII Women's Basketball Championship team was made up of Shemieka Brown, Buford, Isayra Diaz, Griffin, Crystal Harris, Ariel Hatcher, Allyssa Lane, Jashaye Magnum, Ransom, Spencer, Enonge Stovall, Victoria Tanner and Williams.
The national title not only brough a myriad of accolades to the program and to the university but an inarguable number one ranking – Curtis was named Coach of the Year by several organizations and the Lady Bears were invited to the Raleigh City Council meeting, the Governor's mansion and was honored by the Wake County Commissioners.
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