RALEIGH, N.C. – Francis Marion forced the Lady Bears women's basketball team into a season-high 26 turnovers, scoring 31 points on Shaw's miscues, en route to a 72-63 win for a non-conference matchup in Spaulding Gymnasium.
With the loss, the Lady Bears drop to 6-2 on the year, while the Lady Patriots remain undefeated on the season at 7-0. The setback also snaps a six-game win streak for the Lady Bears.
Eboni Ross (Columbia, SC) led the Lady Bears in scoring with 16 points, while grabbing 14 rebounds (one offensive, 13 defensive). Aaliyah Mercer (Bronx, NY) chipped in 12 points and Kaula Jacks (Chesapeake Beach, MD) added 10 points in the setback.
Off to a slow start, the Lady Bears found themselves trailing early in the first quarter (11-4) but a 7-0 run by Shaw cut the deficit to two-points at the 1:51 mark. Francis Marion scored nine points off of the Lady Bears turnovers as SU trailed at the end the quarter 17-12.
Both teams exchanged baskets as the second quarter got underway. The Lady Patriots would build a 7-0 run halfway through the quarter when a 3-pointer by Jacks snapped the run at the 5:07 mark. The Lady Bears trailed by as many as 15 points before making a 9-1 run to trail by seven points (36-29) at the half.
Despite both teams scoring 17 points each in the third quarter, the Lady Bears continued to struggle offensively. Shaw turned the ball over eight times and FMU was able to capitalize on the Lady Bears turnovers on three occasions. SU would trail 53-46 going into the fourth quarter.
Down 17 points in the fourth quarter, the Lady Bears fought back late to cut the deficit to seven points with 2:37 left in the game and again with 1:33 remaining but SU would not get any closer than seven points, succumbing to the Lady Patriots 72-63.
For the game, the Lady Bears shot 46.2 percent from the field, while the Lady Patriots shot just 36.6 percent. Shaw held a 40-32 advantage in points in the paint and 25-21 scoring in bench points but FMU tallied 21 points in second chances, while the Lady Bears accounted for five points.
Shaw will take a few days off to rest and will return to action on Dec. 15th to host Elizabeth City State University for a CIAA conference matchup. Tip is scheduled for 6 p.m.
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