BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Shaw University women's basketball team was defeated by the Lions of Saint Leo University, 73-62 in the final day of the Lynn University Holiday Classic on Wednesday afternoon at the de Hoernle Sports & Cultural Center.
The Lady Bears fell to 2-8 overall while the Lions stand 6-5. Both senior guards KlinTisha Martin (Atlanta, GA) and Tahniya Sweatt (Pasadena, CA) posted a double-double. This marks Martin second-consecutive double-double and fourth on the year with 20 points and 13 rebounds while Sweatt tallied 20 points and 10 rebounds – her second of the season.
Shaw won the rebound battle by a 47-40 margin, securing 17-of-26 free throws (65.4-percent) but only led once as the Lions outscored the Lady Bears 40-10 off the bench, 32-20 in the paint and 14-9 in points off of turnovers.
The Lady Bears started the contest with a 3-0 lead after 3-pointer from Sweatt but with the score notched at 7-even, Saint Leo took the lead on a free throw from Delaney Brierley that led to 12-4 run and 20-11 stand over the Lady Bears after the first quarter. Both teams would score 17 points apiece in the second stanza as the Lady Bears trailed 37-28 at the half.
On an 11-7 offensive spurt, Shaw pulled within six 2:04 mark of the third quarter but the Lions recorded seven unanswered points en route to taking a 55-42 command heading into the fourth quarter. Shaw then faced a 15-point deficit with 4:29 remaining and cut the dearth to 13 but that would be the closest the Lady Bears got down the stretch.
Alex Button led the offense for Saint Leo with 17 points while Brierley and Casey Wortley chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Shaw will take a few days off to regroup over the Christmas break before returning to action in the New Year with a home contest against Washington Adventist on Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. in the historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.
For the most up-to-date information on Shaw women's basketball and its 13 varsity sport teams, visit www.shawbears.com.