WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Shaw University women's basketball team cut a 19-point deficit in the fourth quarter but their comeback fell short in the 81-73 loss to Winston-Salem State University in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division contest on Saturday afternoon in C.E. Gaines Center.
The loss dips the Lady Bears (5-20, 2-11 CIAA) to 1-6 in the division standings while the Rams (12-10, 6-6 CIAA) improve to 6-1 in the South.
In just her first game back from injury, playing an entire game, senior LaQuisha Taylor (Charlotte, NC) poured in a game-high 25 points, all scored in the second half. She also had six rebounds, one assist and one steal. Junior Tahniya Sweatt (Pasadena, CA) finished with 15 points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal in the loss. Shaw shot 50-percent from the field (28-56) and hit 5-of-12 shots from the 3-point line (41.7-percent).
The Rams scored nine-straight to open the first quarter up over Shaw. The Lady Bears finally got on the scoreboard after a layup from Martin but it would be all WSSU in the quarter after producing 27-13 run to lead 29-15 over Shaw after one frame.
The Lady Bears trimmed the deficit to single digits on four-straight points with 57 seconds remaining in the second quarter but the Rams responded with two freebies before Taylor hit a 3-pointer to pull Shaw within eight 46-38 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Shaw saw the Rams pull away from them as WSSU built a 19-point lead at the 2:23 mark. Taylor hit a 3-pointer to the Lady Bears some type of spark heading into the fourth quarter as Shaw trailed 68-52.
With a bit of spark from Taylor, Shaw managed to close the gap to 10 points twice in the final frame, a free-throw from senior KlinTisha Martin (Atlanta, GA) cut the Rams lead to single digits with 2:49 left. One possession later, Sweat hit two free-throws that added to the Lady Bears score but WSSU scored four unanswered points to go ahead 81-70 as Shaw's comeback hopes would run out of time.
WSSU finished the game shooting 43.8-percent (32-73) from the field and 5-of-15 from long distance (33.3-percent). The Rams were led by Tiana Edwards who finished with 21 points, shooting 4-of-10 from the 3-point line. Kandace Tate recorded 18 points and 10 rebounds while Teara Johnson and Brionna Pate both contributed 11 points apiece. Pate also grabbed nine rebounds.
Shaw will return to action on Friday, Feb. 16 with a home contest versus rival Saint Augustine's University for White Out. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. in C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.
For the most up-to-date information on Shaw women's basketball and its 13 varsity sport teams, please visit www.shawbears.com.