RALEIGH, N.C. – The Shaw University women's basketball dominated the Crusaders of Belmont Abbey 114-53 in front of 609 fans for their home opener on Saturday, November 21st inside Spaulding Gymnasium. The Lady Bears improve to 3-1 on the season, while the Crusaders drop to 1-3 on the year.
Five players scored in double-figures including Eboni Ross (Greensboro, NC) who led all scorers with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Kaula Jacks (Chesapeake Beach, MD) added 18 points, while Michelle Wright (Baltimore, MD) contributed 11 points. Both Laquisha Taylor (Charlotte, NC) and Bryann Guyton (Richfield, MN) finished with 10 each.
Along with Ross, Aliyah Cooley (Brooklyn, NY) also grabbed 10 rebounds for the Lady Bears.
The Crusaders would jump on the board first with a deep 3-pointer from Briana Grier to give Belmont Abbey the early 3-0 lead but the Lady Bears would respond with a trey ball of their own at the 8:20 mark from Jacks. The next possessions both teams would go back and forth until the Lady Bears mustered a 15-0 run to go up 22-9 with 1:22 left in route to a 16-point lead going into the second quarter.
It was more of the same in the second as SU continued to pound on the Crusaders extending their lead to 41-19 with 4:07 left on the clock as the Crusaders struggled from both ends of the floor. The Lady Bears would go on 12-0 run to lead big at intermission 51-21.
The Lady Bears would never look back as the third quarter got underway, scoring 34 points compared to Belmont Abbey's 16 and 29 in the fourth quarter to the Crusaders 16.
Shaw forced 23 turnovers and limited the Crusaders to 29.7 percent from the field, while the Lady Bears shot 59.7 percent from the field with seven turnovers for the game.
The Lady Bears will return to action on Friday, Nov. 27th for the Chic-Fil-A Classic hosted by Virginia State University. SU will face Elizabeth City State with a tip slated for 4 p.m. followed by a matchup against VSU on Saturday, Nov. 28th at 4 p.m.
For the most up-to-date information on Shaw women's basketball and its 11 varsity sport teams, visit shawbears.com.