The loss snapped a two-game win-streak for the Lady Bears (5-14, 2-5 CIAA, 1-1 south) as the Rams (8-9, 3-5 CIAA, 2-0 south) gave Shaw their first division loss on the year.
After three ties in the opening quarter, the Rams took the lead on a layup from Nyona Shields at the 5:02 mark. Shaw kept close until WSSU charted eight-straight points to lead 24-12. The Lady Bears cut the deficit to single digits twice but the Rams would end up leading 28-17 at the end quarter thanks to two freebies from Briana Arnold.
In the second quarter, Shaw pulled within six points after a 7-2 scoring margin with 7:12 left in the first half. The Lady Bears fought back to close the gap to single digits down stretch.
The Lady Bears were only down by seven at halftime but the Rams used a 10-4 run in the last 1:15 of the third quarter to lead 75-64 and scored 16 unanswered points to start the fourth stanza before cruising to a 33-9 spread for the win over Shaw.
Shaw shot 46-percent from the floor in the second half compared to the Rams who notched a scorching 72-percent.
Kandace Tate led the Rams and all scorers with 22 points and eight rebounds. Arnold scored 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds while Jahlia Williams and Shields tallied 16 points apiece. Teara Johnson finished with 14 points, rounding out the double figure scoring for WSSU.
The Lady Bears will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at cross-town rival Saint Augustine's University for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.
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