WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Senior Chelsea Long (Melbourne, FL) scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds but the Shaw University women's basketball fell 75-60 to Pitt-Johnstown in their season opener and day one of the Winston-Salem State Conference Challenge Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Bears were outscored 16-14 in the first quarter, 22-20 in the second and 26-10 in the third frame. Shaw shot 32-percent from the floor, including 39-percent from the three-point line (5-13) and 74-percent from the charity stripe (17-23).
Joining Long in double-figures was senior LaQuisha Taylor (Charlotte, NC) who scored 16 points to go along with six rebounds while freshman Emily Davis (Cleveland, OH) added 11 points off the bench. Defensively, senior KlinTisha Martin (Atlanta, GA) recorded a team-best seven rebounds.
The Lady Bears stayed close with Pitt-Johnstown after two quarters, trailing only by four but Shaw took a step back in the third stanza, allowing the Cats to build a 20-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
For the contest, Shaw was responsible for 20 turnovers compared to the Pitt-Johnstown's 15. The Cats held a 20-10 ratio in second chances while scoring 28 points off of the Lady Bears miscues.
The Cats had four players finish in double figures led by Olivia McCabe who tallied a game-high 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Shaw will look to bounce back with a contest versus Shepherd at 1 p.m. in C.E. Gaines Center.
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