AIKEN, S.C. – Six players scored in double-digits for the Lady Bears as the Shaw University women's basketball team topped USC Aiken 105-93 in a double overtime thriller on Tuesday night. With the win, the Lady Bears improve to 6-1 overall this season, while the Pacers drop to 4-3 on the year.
Tabatha Anderson (Manhattan Beach, CA) led all scorers with 22 points, including 3-of-4 from the behind the arc. Eboni Ross recorded a double-double with 19 points, while grabbing 11 rebounds and two blocks. Bryan Guyton (Richfield, MN) tallied 16 points, five rebounds and three assists, following Kaula Jacks (Chesapeake Beach, MD) with 14 points and Fantasha Tyson (Raleigh, NC) with 13 points and seven rebounds. Michelle Wright (Baltimore, MD) added 11 points and collected six rebounds in the win.
The Pacers jumped out to an early 6-0 lead before the Lady Bears got on the scoreboard after a made free-throw by Jacks. USC Aiken would lead by as many as nine points with 6:05 left in the quarter but SU would make a run late to take the lead 13-12 after two consecutive jumpers from Anderson. A jumper by Guyton would seal the Lady Bears with a 17-12 lead at the end of the quarter.
The Lady Bears rolled to a 15-point lead in the second quarter in route to the 37-30 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, Shaw continued to control the game with a double-digit lead but the Pacers clawed their way back after Rachelle Aupont knocked down a 3-pointer with 20 seconds remaining in the quarter.
Although the Lady Bears led going into the fourth, USC Aiken would not fold as they cut an eight point lead down to two points at the 5:25 mark. The contest became tied twice before a made free-throw gave the Pacers the lead with 12 seconds remaining in regulation.
With one last shot to either tie or win the game, the Lady Bears went for the win as a confident Anderson nailed a 3-pointer with just two seconds remaining to win the game but a technical foul on Shaw's bench gave the Pacers the opportunity to stay alive and send the game into overtime at 72-all.
In the first overtime, both teams continued to battle as either team had a comfortable lead. USC Aiken had the lead 85-83 with 13 seconds left but Ross got her own rebound to score a layup to send the game into double overtime at 85-even.
The Lady Bears would build a 6-0 lead and would never let up to secure the 105-93 victory in double overtime.
Shaw finished the game with a 49-38 advantage in rebounds, while outscoring the Pacers 62-34 in bench points, 46-24 in points in the paint and 14-11 in second chances.
The Lady Bears will return to Spaulding on Saturday, Dec. 5th to host Francis Marion University. The contest will also be recognized as the Vivian Merrick Sansom game with a tip scheduled for 2 p.m.
For the most up-to-date information on Shaw University women's basketball and its 11 varsity sport teams, please visit shawbears.com.