WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – In a hard fought battle, the Shaw University women's basketball team fell 82-65 to the Rams of Winston-Salem State University Wednesday night in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division contest. Freshman Amani Moxley (Moreno Valley, CA) recorded a career-high 19 points, four rebounds and three assists to lead the Lady Bears (5-13) who fall to 0-8 in CIAA action.
Although Shaw scored 23 points off of the Rams 14 miscues, WSSU shot 48.4-percent from the floor compared to Shaw who registered 40.6-percent in field goals. WSSU held advantages in second chances (12-8), fast breaks (12-6) and bench points (30-13). The Lady Bears did manage to hold a 39-36
The Lady Bears started off the contest with an 11-9 lead midway through the opening quarter thanks to a 3-point play from Bontiff. Shaw would hold on to the lead until Brionna Pate's two free-throws gave WSSU a one-point advantage that led to a 21-20 lead in favor of the Rams at the end of the first quarter.
WSSU used a 13-4 run to take a double digit lead with 4:09 left in the second quarter before outscoring the Lady Bears 23-12 for a 44-32 lead at halftime.
In the second half, the Lady Bears saw a deficit as large as 21 points at the 4:16 mark but managed to claw away at the Rams lead on a 9-2 spurt to pull within 57-43 at the end of the third quarter.
The Lady Bears continued to fight and show effort in the fourth quarter but Shaw would not get any closer than 14 points for the remainder of the contest. Pate would lead all scorers with 21 points and 14 rebounds while both Amaya Tucker and Nyona Shields contributed 11 points apiece. The win improves the Rams (10-7) to 6-2 in the CIAA and 3-0 in the South.
Shaw will return to action Friday, Jan. 25 against Saint Augustine's University. 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.