FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Four players scored in double figures for the Shaw University women's basketball, including a team-high 23 points from Eboni Ross (Columbia, SC) but the Lady Bears fell to No. 10 Nova Southeastern University, 90-84 in a non-conference matchup on Thursday.
Joining Ross in double figure scoring was Aaliyah Mercer (Bronx, NY), who finished 13 points and five assist, while Michelle Wright (Baltimore, MD) and Kaula Jacks (Chesapeake Beach, MD) both contributed 11 points apiece. Wright also grabbed seven rebounds in the setback.
NSU (9-1) ran and gunned to build an 11-point lead in the first quarter but the Lady Bears (7-3) recovered to orchestrate a 12-2 run later as the efforts led to Shaw trailing by one-point at the end of the quarter, 23-22.
Similar to the first quarter, the Sharks started out with the momentum to lead 33-28 with 6:42 left but Shaw maintained ground despite being down by five points to tie the game at the half with a score of 42-all.
Both Jacks and Mercer led Shaw with five points each as the Lady Bears shot 47.1 percent from the field, while NSU shot 35 percent.
The Lady Bears would finally take the lead on three occasions in the third quarter with the last lead at the 2:06 mark (59-58) but NSU would build an 11-4 run to close out the quarter.
Despite an 11-point lead by NSU, the Lady Bears managed to cut the deficit to three-points (85-82) with 1:04 remaining in regulation but late free throws, including five of the last seven points by the Sharks pushed NSU out to the win.
Kayla Wright finished with a game-high 34 points, while Taylor Buie added 21 points and Monaye Merritt dished out a game-high 13 assists for NSU.
Shaw will return to the hardwood on Saturday, Dec. 19th to compete in the Lynn Women's Basketball Courtyard Holiday Classic hosted by Lynn University. The Lady Bears will face Lynn at 2p.m., followed by a contest versus Saint Leo University on Sunday at 12 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.