WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Shaw University women's basketball team extended their win-streak to 10-games after topping Winston-Salem State University in 73-54 decision on Wednesday evening in C.E. Gaines Center for a CIAA Southern Division contest. The Lady Bears shot 46-percent (29-63) from the field, a season-high 90-percent (10-11) from the free-throw line and never trailed the entire contest to take the win.
The Lady Bears (20-5, 12-1 CIAA) remain undefeated in the division, posting a 7-0 mark in the standings for first place, while the Lady Rams (10-13, 5-8 CIAA) fall to 3-4 in the division.
Laquisha Taylor (Charlotte, NC) led all scorers with 18 points and six rebounds, while Michelle Wright (Baltimore, MD) added 15 points, and all three players – Eboni Ross (Columbia, SC), Kaula Jacks (Chesapeake Beach, MD) and Fantasha Tyson (Raleigh, NC) tallied 10 points each in the victory for Shaw.
The Lady Bears opened the contest with a 12-6 lead halfway through the first quarter. Shaw shot 60-percent from the floor to lead 29-18 at the end of the quarter.
The Lady Rams cut at the Lady Bears lead 29-23 at the 8:03 mark in the second quarter before Shaw produced a 15-9 run to lead 42-34 at the break.
Taylor led all scorers at the half with 11 points, while Ross and Tyson contributed 10 and seven, respectively.
Shaw opened up the second half on a 5-0 run but the Lady Rams scored six unanswered points to carve the lead 47-40 in the third quarter. Both teams showed their competitive edge but the Lady Bears sparked an 11-6 run to close out the quarter with a 59-46 lead.
In the final stanza, Shaw held WSSU scoreless for the first five minutes as they outscored the Lady Rams 14-8 to seal the deal and take the victory.
Jatzmin Johnson paced the Lady Rams with 12 points, while Kandace Tate finished with 10 points in the setback.
Shaw will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 13th when they play host to cross-town rival Saint Augustine's University for their annual Think Pink game in Spaulding Gymnasium. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. and all fans are asked to wear pink in honor of Breast Cancer.
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