RALEIGH, N.C. – Junior Macy Keen (Fort Lauderdale, FL) scored 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead five players in double figures but the Shaw University women's basketball team fell short to Saint Augustine's University in a 85-80 overtime decision for a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division contest Friday night inside the historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.
The loss dropped the Lady Bears to 5-14 overall, as they remain winless in CIAA action (0-9) while SAU now stands 3-15 on the year and 2-9 in league standings. Tonight's setback marks the first time that Shaw has suffered a loss to Saint Augustine's at home in 11 years. The last time the Lady Bears fell to the Lady Falcons in Spaulding was on Dec. 2, 2008.
Senior KlinTisha Martin (Atlanta, GA) added 21 points, nine assists and five rebounds for Shaw who was outscored 41-25 in points off turnovers and fast breaks 10-2. The Lady Bears had a tough night at the line, shooting 31.6-percent (6-19) compared to the Lady Falcons who connected 12-of-30 at the charity stripe.
The Lady Falcons caught fire early, taking a 24-13 lead over Shaw in the opening quarter. The Lady Bears trailed by as many as 19 points in the second quarter before scoring 11-straight to cut the deficit to single digits (32-24) with 4:31 left. Shaw used a 7-6 scoring margin capped off by a 3-pointer at the buzzer from senior Raquel Kellow (Conroe, TX) to pull within seven (38-31) at halftime.
Shaw would go on to outscore the Lady Falcons 19-15 in the third quarter and 21-18 in the fourth but in the last 29 seconds of regulation, SAU scored five-straight. Just when it appeared as if the Lady Falcons were going to take the win but with 13 seconds left, junior Victoria Swanson (Monmouth, OR) drilled a 3-pointer from the wing to knot the game at 71-all - sending the contest into overtime.
During the extra session, a layup from Keen provided a two-point lead in favor of Shaw but a deep 3-pointer from Angela Caraballo put the Lady Falcons ahead 76-73 with 3:35 left. Unable to secure rebounds, the Lady Bears saw themselves trail by seven after second chance opportunities and a gut 3-pointer from Kelsee Arnold that ignited an 11-5 spurt as time eventually expired.
Caraballo led the way for SAU with 28 points while Arnold added 16 points and six rebounds. Both Kamya Renwicks and Tanisha Wall finished with 11 points each, respectively.
Shaw will return to action Monday, Jan. 28 with a home contest against Livingstone College for Vitilgo Awareness Day. The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.
For the most up-to-date information on Shaw women's basketball and its 13 varsity sport teams, please visit www.shawbears.com.