RALEIGH, N.C. – The Shaw University women's basketball team dropped a 59-48 decision to the visiting Bowie State University in a non-conference tilt Saturday afternoon inside the historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium. The loss dips the Lady Bears to 3-4 overall while the Bulldogs remain unbeaten at 7-0 on the season.
Senior guard Dejoria "DJ" Howard (Orangeburg, SC) posted a game-high 21 points on 9-13 shooting to go along with six rebounds. The Lady Bears finished the contest, shooting 46.3-percent from the floor, 36.4-percent from the 3-point line and 85.7-percent from the free throw line. However, Shaw committed 20 turnovers and saw a 24-22 disadvantage on the glass.
Bowie State held a 10-0 advantage in second chances, 22-10 in points off turnovers as the Bulldogs were 47.7-percent from the field, 50-percent from long distance and 77.8-percent from the charity stripe.
Good defense by both teams showed a low scoring first quarter but the Bulldogs gained an 8-4 lead over Shaw with 3:30 left. A layup from junior Diamonique Kennedy (Beggs, OK) pulled Shaw within two however, a three ball from Drew Calhoun extended BSU's lead as the Bulldogs led 14-9 over the Lady Bears after one quarter of action.
BSU warmed up in the second stanza, stretching its lead 20-11 over Shaw with 7:20 on the clock as Calhoun connected on another 3-pointer. The Bulldogs scored seven unanswered points until a jumper from Howard snapped the scoring drought for Shaw with the Lady Bears trailing 24-13 at the 5:03 mark. From there, Shaw saw a 7-4 drawback in the final five minutes of the first half, as BSU owned a 31-17 lead at the break.
Both teams traded baskets to start the third quarter, the Lady Bears cut the deficit to single digits when Howard got a defensive rebound and then hit a jumper to pull Shaw within 36-28 with 2:22 left. Bowie State quickly mounted a 6-0 run with back-to-back 3-pointers from Calhoun as the Lady Bears trailed 42-30 at the end the third frame.
Shaw held an 18-17 scoring frame in the fourth quarter but the Bulldogs ballooned to its largest lead of the contest in that same quarter at 21-points capped off by a layup from Kyaja Williams and 2:18 remaining in regulation. Although the Lady Bears scored the game's last eight points, it would not be enough as the Lady Bears ran out of time in the setback.
Williams led Bowie State with 17 points and 10 rebounds while Calhoun tallied 15 points and Talanya Hutton added 11 p points and six rebounds.
Shaw will return to action on Thursday, Dec. 12 versus Elizabeth City State at 6 p.m. in Spaulding for a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) cross division contest.
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