RALEIGH, N.C. – Missed opportunities and careless ball handling forced the Shaw University women's basketball team into the loss column Saturday afternoon as the Lady Bears fell 58-44 to the visiting Bowie State University Bulldogs in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) cross division play inside the historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.
The loss dips Shaw to 3-11 overall and 0-6 in CIAA action while the Bulldogs (14-1) remain undefeated in league action at 6-0.
Junior Macy Keen (Fort Lauderdale, FL) led the way for Shaw with her 20 points and 22 rebounds – her sixth double-double of the season.
Bowie State had two players finish in double figure scoring that featured Kyaja Williams with 22 points and 11 rebounds and Pere Alexander with 13 points and three steals. Dynaisha Christian tallied 10 rebounds and seven points in the effort for the Bulldogs.
Shaw was ahead early in the game later tallying 13 points in the first quarter but after holding a lead of at least one point midway through the second quarter, the Bulldogs tied the contest on a free throw shot from Christian. That freebie then led to BSU owning a 4-0 run before a jumper from Keen close the Lady Bears deficit to two (24-22) at halftime.
With a 13-12 scoring margin in favor of Shaw to start the second half, the Lady Bears trailed by one at the end of the third quarter as junior Victoria Swanson's (Monmouth, OR) one free throw pulled Shaw 36-35. In the fourth, Shaw took the lead on a layup from sophomore Keyonte Cherry (Rocky Mount, NC) with 8:17 left to play.
After the games fifth tie of the afternoon, Bowie State took a lead they would not relinquish as the Lady Bears committed five turnovers in the last 5:00 of play and the Bulldogs registered a 14-0 run to claim win over Shaw.
For the contest, Bowie State scored 31 points of the Lady Bears 33 turnovers and tallied 12-2 frame in fast breaks.
The Lady Bears will return to action Monday, Jan. 14 with a home contest against Lincoln (Pa.) for another CIAA cross division contest. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. in Spaulding.
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