RALEIGH, N.C. – Coming off a 59-48 loss to Bowie State University in its last outing, the Shaw University women's basketball team will host its last home contest in 2019 on Thursday, Dec. 12 against Elizabeth City State University inside the historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.
Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m., followed by the men's contest approximately 20 minutes after in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) cross division contest.
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 Lady Bears are 3-4 and 0-1 the CIAA after Saturday's setback to the undefeated Bulldogs of BSU. Shaw will look to snap the two game losing skid against a Lady Vikings team that has not won since they defeated the Lady Bears on Nov. 23 in Elizabeth City, NC as a non-conference contest.
During the last meeting between the two teams, the Lady Bears erased a 20-point deficit in the fourth quarter before falling just short of a comeback, 54-45. Asia Deal led all scorers with 19 points while junior forward Diamonique Kennedy (Beggs, OK) led Shaw with 16 point and six rebounds.
ECSU is also on a two-game losing skid after falling to Winston-Salem State (55-45) on Dec. 7. The Lady Vikings leading scorer is Deal (13.6 ppg), while Devona Stell and Naterria Luster add 12.6 and 11.7 points, respectively. Stell averages a team-high 10.6 rebounds while Luster adds 9.0 rbg.
Senior guard Dejoria "DJ" Howard (Orangeburg, SC) posts 16.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per outing to lead Shaw on both sides of the ball. Additionally, Kennedy and guard Ariana Fleming (Newark, DE) add 12.4 and 10.9 points, respectively.
The Lady Vikings has won the last three meetings against Shaw but the Lady Bears have won 14 of the last 21 meetings against ECSU.
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