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Photo by Donald Watkins.
Photo by Donald Watkins.

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Shaw University women's basketball team came up empty handed Thursday night in its attempt to snap a two-game losing skid, falling to the Vikings of Elizabeth City State University, 58-36 inside the historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium. With the loss, the Lady Bears drop to 3-5 overall and 0-2 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) action, while ECSU improves to 3-5 on the season and 1-0 in CIAA play.


Senior guard Dejoria "DJ" Howard (Orangeburg, SC) had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Lady Bears while junior guard Rachelle White (Euclid, OH) added eight points off the bench.


The Lady Vikings logged a 6-0 lead in the opening quarter, Shaw then scored its first basket on a layup from junior guard Ariana Fleming (Newark, DE) but ECSU outscored the Lady Bears 15-10 to take a 21-10 lead after the first quarter.


Both teams went cold from the floor in the second stanza as Shaw held a 7-6 scoring advantage over the Lady Vikings but the Lady Bears trailed 27-17 at halftime after shooting just 32.0-percent from field (8-25) while ECSU accounted for 41.7-percent (10-24). Both teams also combined for a total 29 turnovers as ECSU scored 18 points off of the Lady Bears 15 miscues.


The Lady Bears poor shooting continued into the second half, as they managed just 19 points including seven points in the third quarter, before falling 58-36.


ECSU ended the game with a 44-percent field goal percentage, including 50-percent (6-12) in the third quarter. Shaw, meanwhile, shot 27.5-percent from the field and was outscored 20-14 in the paint.


The Lady Vikings were led by Asia Deal with 15 points and five steals while Sirenna Pitts also tabbed 15 points and nine rebounds.


Shaw will return to action Saturday, Dec. 14 at Virginia State University for non-conference contest with the Trojans at 6 p.m. at the VSU Multipurpose Center.


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