RALEIGH, N.C. – Shaw University men's and women's basketball will host Virginia State University in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) cross division doubleheader on Wednesday, Jan. 31 inside the historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium. The women's game is scheduled to tip at 6 p.m., followed by the men's game at approximately 8 p.m.
The doubleheader will offer live coverage on www.shawbears.com. Fans can follow live tweets on Twitter @ShawBears.
The Women's Game: The Lady Bears have lost their last three games, including an 86-59 decision at Fayetteville State on Saturday, Jan. 27. Shaw will look to snap that streak with hopes of the return of their leading scorer senior LaQuisha Taylor (Charlotte, NC) who has missed the last two games due to injury. With Taylor out, sophomore Lervencia Johnson-Tyler (Many, LA) leads the offense (12.7 ppg); following senior KlinTisha Martin (Atlanta, GA) with 12.2 points per game and junior Tahniya Sweatt (Pasadena, CA) contributing 11.7, respectively.
VSU (17-2, 7-2 CIAA) heads to Spaulding on a two-game win-streak after defeating Bowie State 67-59 for their 14th-straight victory at home. Alexis Smith (19.4), Chrisanna Green (12.1) and Mia Fitts (11.5) lead the Trojans in scoring.
This will be the first meeting between both teams this season. The Lady Bears were defeated by the Trojans, 69-57 on Feb. 1 in Petersburg, Va., but Shaw leads the all-time series 29-17 overall.
The Men's Game: Coming off a 74-72 loss at Fayetteville State, the Bears (13-7, 6-3 CIAA) will continue to be tested with a tough matchup with the Trojans of VSU on Wednesday. The Bears have used several different lineups throughout conference play and will likely look to go with their bigger lineup versus a talented Trojan team. Senior guard DeAngelo Stephens-Bell (Jacksonville, FL) leads Shaw in scoring, averaging 19.2 points per game. Senior Savon Goodman (Philadelphia, PA) has led the Bears all year with 10 double-doubles. He post 18.6 ppg and 7.2 rebounds per outing.
The Trojans (17-2, 7-2 CIAA) suffered a 65-55 loss to Bowie State Saturday, snapping their home win-streak at seven games. VSU is currently ranked third in the D2SIDA Atlantic Region Poll that was announced on Monday. Richard Granberry is the team's leading scorer (11.6) while Trey Brown and Brandon Holley add 11.3 and 10.7 points per outing. Walter Williams and Andrew Corum contribute 10.1 and 10.0, respectively.
In their last meeting, VSU beat Shaw 75-69 in Petersburg, Va. back on Feb. 1, 2017. The Trojans lead the all-time series 46-25 overall.
Feb. 3 vs. Johnson C. Smith (Think Pink Game)
Feb. 7 vs. Livingstone (Black Out Game)
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