RALEIGH, N.C. – The Shaw University women's basketball team outscored Winston-Salem State University 38-23 in the second half but it would not be enough to overcome the huge deficit the Lady Bears face in the first half as Shaw's late rally came up short73-61 to the Rams Wednesday night inside the historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.
Shaw (6-19, 1-14 CIAA) falls to 0-9 in the Southern Division while WSSU (15-9, 11-4 CIAA) stands 8-1 within the division standings.
Junior Macy Keen (Fort Lauderdale, FL) scored a team-high 21 points, eight rebounds and six steals while junior Victoria Swanson (Monmouth, OR) added 11 points and six rebounds and senior KlinTisha Martin (Atlanta, GA) added 10 points and four rebounds.
The Rams opened up the contest on a 19-0 run before the Lady Bears finally got on the scoreboard with a layup from freshman Amani Moxley (Moreno Valley, CA) snapped Shaw' scoring drought at the 5:09 mark. The Lady Bears would end up falling behind 28-8 after the first quarter.
Shaw saw a deficit as large as 30 points (42-12) with 5:16 left in the first half before cutting the lead to 22 points on a 8-0 run. The Lady Bears would trail WSSU 50-25 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Shaw outscored the Rams 17-14 but still faced at least a 20-point shortage in the fourth quarter. The Lady Bears cut the lead to 12 points after a 3-pointer from Swanson but that would be the closest Shaw would get as that 3-pointer from Swanson came with 21 seconds left in the contest.
Amaya Tucker finished with 22 points to lead WSSU while Brionna Pate recorded 12 points and 13 rebounds and Kyree Hall tabbed 11 points and six rebounds.
Shaw will return to action Saturday, Feb. 16 at Saint Augustine's for a CIAA Southern Division contest. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m.
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