WOMEN’S HOOPS OPEN CONFERENCE PLAY AT HOME VERSUS VIRGINIA STATE

WOMEN’S HOOPS OPEN CONFERENCE PLAY AT HOME VERSUS VIRGINIA STATE

 

RALEIGH, N.C. – In its first Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) game of the 2019-20 season, the Shaw University women's basketball team will play host to the Trojans of Virginia State University on Monday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. inside the historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.

 

Live coverage will be available on www.shawbears.com with Donal Ware calling the live action on the Shaw Bears Sports Network along with color analyst Daimeon S. Banks. Fans can also follow live tweets on Twitter @ShawBears.

 

The men's contest will tip-off approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of the women's game.

 

The Lady Bears enter Monday's tilt with winning momentum after going 2-0 at the VSU Thanksgiving Classic over the weekend. Shaw was led by senior guard Dejoria Howard (Orangeburg, SC) who charted 36 points, including a season-high 22 points to help the Lady Bears to victories over Augusta, 60-56 and Virginia-Lynchburg, 64-40.

 

Howard is the team's leader offensively with an average of 15.3 points in three games while junior forward Diamononique Kennedy (Beggs, OK) is the team's top rebounder with 7.2 rebounds and 14.6 ppg. Additionally, the Lady Bears have two other players averaging double digits in scoring in junior guard Ariana Fleming (Newark, DE) (12.4) and junior forward Zari Mays (Americus, GA) (11.0), respectively.

 

As a team, Shaw averages 62.0 ppg on 40.1-percent shooting from the field, 21.7-percent from the 3-point line and 72.3-percent from the charity stripe. On the glass, the Lady Bears collect 34.2 rebounds per game.

 

The Virginia State Trojans are 4-3 overall. VSU has won its last four games, also going 2-0 at its annual Thanksgiving Classic. Autumn Hopson leads the team in scoring (12.7 ppg) while Natalia Leaks follows with 12.6 points and team-high 5.3 rebounds per outing.

 

The Trojans put up 66.7 points while collecting 42.4 rebounds per outing as a unit.

 

Monday's game will be the first of two this season between the Shaw and Virginia State as the Lady Bears will travel to VSU on Dec. 14 for a non-conference game at 6 p.m. at the VSU Multipurpose Center.

 

For the most up-to-date information on Shaw athletics and its 13 varsity sport teams, please visit www.shawbears.com.