PETERSBURG, Va. – The Shaw University women's basketball team fell to Wilmington University by a margin of 73-55 on the first day of the Virginia State University Thanksgiving Classic Friday afternoon in the VSU Multipurpose Center. The loss drops the Lady Bears to 1-4 on the season while the Wildcats stand 2-3 on the year.


Shaw will conclude the tournament with a matchup versus Salem International on Saturday at 3 p.m.


Stephanie Custodio (Chino, CA) led the Lady Bears in scoring with 11 points while Bianca Maxwell (London, England) registered 10 points to go along with 12 rebounds – her fifth double-double on the season. Severija Narkute (Kaunos, Lithuania) added nine points and three assists.


In the opening quarter, Shaw held a 3-2 advantage after a three-pointer from Narkute but the Wildcats would go on to score 10 unanswered points to lead 12-3 over the Lady Bears. Shaw managed to put together a fringe of its own to cut the deficit 14-12 on three three-pointers, including two from Narkute with 2:55 left. The Lady Bears would trail 21-19 at the end of the quarter thanks to Custodio's second tray ball of the first stanza.


Both teams exchanged points to start the second frame; however the Lady Bears began to slip to a deficit of eight points after a layup from Macy Robinson at the 4:53 mark. The last three minutes of the first half both team scored two points each as the Lady Bears went into the locker room with a 36-28 disadvantage.


The Lady Bears hung in the contest during the third quarter with a 7-2 rally to get within three points with 1:59 left but WU mounted a 5-1 spurt to lead 51-44 heading into the fourth quarter. In the final stanza, the Wildcats would put the game out of reach for Shaw in the final 4:41 of the game as the Lady Bears trailed by 20 points.


For the contest, Shaw shot 33.3 percent (17-51) from the field, 42.9 percent (9-21) from the three-point line and 52.2 (12-23) percent from the charity stripe. Wilmington was 28-for-77 (36.4 percent) from the floor, 2-for-12 (16.7 percent) from the three and 15-for-20 (75 percent) from the foul line.


The Lady Bears accounted for 24 turnovers and were outrebounded by the Wildcats 48-44.


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