RALIEGH, N.C. – Shaw University women's basketball senior guard KlinTisha Martin (Atlanta, GA) and junior center Macy Keen (Fort Lauderdale, FL) both scored 22 points apiece but the Lady Bears fell short in a 80-79 overtime loss to Division III William Peace University at the Hermann Athletic Center in non-conference action Tuesday night.
Keen dominated the glass with a career-high 20 rebounds and three blocks while Martin turned in her second double-double of the season with 11 boards, four assists and three steals. Senior guard Tahniya Sweatt (Pasadena, CA) added 11 points and seven assists to round out the double figure scoring for Shaw.
The loss dips the Lady Bears to 2-4 overall while the WPU improves to 2-3 on the year.
Shaw took a 12-0 lead to start the opening quarter led by two 3-pointers from freshman guard Vanessa Davies (Bremerton, WA) en route to outscoring the Pacers 18-7 in the first stanza. The Lady Bears maintained control in the second quarter although WPU managed to put together a 22-16 scoring frame ignited by a 9-6 run that still gave Shaw the 34-29 lead at intermission.
In the second half, things got chippy as the Pacers chopped the Lady Bears lead to one at the 4:06 mark after a 3-pointer from Shania Springer but on the ensuing possession, Martin went for an easy two to give Shaw the 51-48 lead. Shaw would hold on to the lead despite the Pacers effort to pull within one twice, including another 3-pointer from Springer that gave Shaw a 54-53 edge heading into the fourth quarter.
WPU took their first lead of the contest with a tip-in from Mariah Ballen but the lead would change four times with three seconds left in the regulation until Keen hit a clutch layup as Shaw led 72-71 and then shortly after Keen was called for a technical foul as time expired that would allow WPU to shoot at the line. Springer hit 1-of-2 free throws that would send the game into overtime.
With Keen fouled out of the game, things went down to the wire in the extra period as the lead changed four more times before Ray scored a layup with five seconds left, forcing the Lady Bears to call a timeout for one final shot. Out the break, an off the mark jumper from Martin led to a defensive rebound for the Pacers as time expired.
Both Springer and Ray tallied 20 points each while Khadijah Daniels and Eva Holloway added 18 and 10 points, respectively.
Shaw and William Peace shot over 40-percent from the field and exactly 25-percent from long distance but the Pacers connected 14-of-20 free throws (70-percent) while the Lady Bears hit 9-of-15 (60-percent) from the charity stripe.
Shaw will resume conference action Thursday, Dec. 13 at Elizabeth City State at 5:30 p.m.
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