RALEIGH, N.C. – The Shaw University women's basketball team lost its non-conference finale 73-65 to the Bulldogs of Wingate University on Saturday afternoon in C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.
The Lady Bears (9-4) opened up the first quarter on a 4-2 run but the Bulldogs (7-3) made their presence felt early after taking the lead for six minutes. With just two lead changes in the quarter, Shaw would go on a 4-0 run to close out the first quarter with 19-16 lead after connecting 9-of-18 from the field for 50 percent.
In the second quarter, the Bulldogs outscored Shaw 9-3 in the first five minutes to take a 25-22 lead but the Lady Bears would muster a 5-0 run to go up 28-25 at the 4:49 mark, forcing Wingate to call a timeout. Shaw led by as many as seven points before the Bulldogs rejuvenated themselves, scoring six points off of SU's three-consecutive turnovers to tie the game at 34-all going into the locker room.
Wingate opened up the third quarter with an easy layup (36-34), followed by 5-0 run to give the Bulldogs the 41-34 lead at the 7:59 mark. Shaw would catch up after scoring three unanswered points to tie the game at 45 but a 3-pointer from Alex Tomlinson gave the Bulldogs the lead again as they posted a 59-50 advantage going into the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs built an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter as Shaw could get no closer than nine points the remainder of the game to suffer the setback.
For the game, Wingate outscored Shaw 48-22 in the paint and 17-7 in second chances, while outrebounding the Lady Bears 44-29 – a season low for Shaw.
Shelby Tricoli led all scorers with 19 points, while Whiterspoon added 18 points and seven rebounds and Tomlinson contributed 12 point and seven rebounds for the Bulldogs. Both teams enter the contest with 1-0 league records.
Shaw will return to action on Monday, Jan. 4th at 6 p.m. when they host Chowan University in CIAA action from Spaulding Gymnasium.
For the most up-to-date information on Shaw women's basketball and its 11 varsity sport teams, please visit shawbears.com.