FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Shaw University women's basketball team opened the CIAA-MEC Challenge on Friday evening, dropping their season opener to the Lady Falcons of Fairmont State University, 62-61.
The Lady Bears quickly jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter in route to an 18-16 lead heading into the second but the FSU rallied back to take the lead (20-19)at the 8:30 mark. The Lady Falcons would go on a 9-0 run to stretch their lead until SU's Tabatha Anderson (Manhattan Beach, CA) drilled a three-pointer to cut the margin (25-22) as the both teams would go into intermission tied at 32 even.
Both teams continued to fight in the third and fourth quarter as things got chippy down the stretch. With 1:35 left on the game clock, SU led by three but two free-throws by Makenzie White brought the Lady Falcons within one point with 12 seconds remaining.
A costly turnover for the Lady Bears resulted in a layup for Fairmont State to give them the 62-61 lead and victory.
The Lady Bears will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 14th when they square off with Concord University. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m.