MURFREESBORO, N.C. - The Shaw University women's basketball fell 67-43 to Chowan University Saturday afternoon in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) cross division contest inside the Helms Center. The setback dips the Lady Bears to 2-6 overall and 0-3 in the CIAA while the Hawks improve to 7-4 on the year and 3-0 in the league action.
It was tough shooting night for the Lady Bears who accounted for 27.7-percent (13-of-47) from the field. Senior guard Tahniya Sweatt (Pasadena, CA) was the only player to score in double figures with 21 points, including 6-of-9 from the free throw line, nine rebounds and six steals.
The Lady Bears trailed 15-4 midway through the first quarter after going over four minutes without scoring until a layup from Sweatt at the 2:18 mark snapped the scoring drought. Shaw held a 5-2 edge to trail 19-9 at the end of the quarter.
A jumper from junior guard Victoria Swanson (Monmouth, OR) cut the deficit to single digits in the second quarter but the Hawks went on to score 10-straight points to lead 29-11 with 5:28 remaining in the first half. Two free-throws from senior guard KlinTihsa Martin (Atlanta, GA) led to a Lady Bears mini run but CU finished the first half with a 7-1 run to lead 36-16 at intermission.
The Hawks used a 10-2 run to start the second half, the Lady Bears trimmed at the deficit on a 5-0 spurt however, Chowan outscored Shaw 16-12 heading into the fourth quarter as the Lady Bears would not get any closer than 22 points the remainder of the game.
Olivia Gaither paced the Hawks with 14 points and four rebounds while Danielle Weldon added 13 points and a game-high 21 rebounds. Chowan finished the night shooting 29.1-percent after connecting 25-of-86 shots on the evening.
Shaw will return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at the Lynn University Tournament where the Lady Bears will face the Fighting Knights at 11 a.m., followed by a contest with Saint Leo (Dec. 19) at 12 noon.
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