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Photo By Donald Watkins.
Photo By Donald Watkins.

ORANGEBURG, S.C.  Shaw University women's basketball snapped its five-game losing streak on Saturday afternoon when the Lady Bears defeated Claflin University, 58-53. This is Shaw's first Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) win of 2019-20.

With the victory, the Lady Bears improve to 4-7 overall, 1-3 in the CIAA and 1-1 in the Southern Division. Claflin, remains winless on the season at 0-11, 0-5 CIAA and 0-3 in the South.

The contest was a back-and-forth battle that saw 13 lead changes and five ties. The Lady Bears were outscored by the Lady Panthers 11-10 in the first 10 minutes despite shooting 40-percent from the field and from the 3-point line.

In the second quarter, the Lady Bears shooting from long distance increased at 50-percent sparked by junior guard Tyra Sinclair (Laurel, MD) connecting 2-of-3 but Shaw got outrebound (11-9) and turned the ball over six times as Claflin took a 24-21 lead at halftime.

After trailing by five (35-30) in the first five minutes of the third quarter, a tip-in from junior guard Rachelle White (Euclid, OH) ignited a 6-0 run and a 36-35 edge over Claflin with 3:00 left. The lead changed two more times before the Lady Bears used a 10-2 scoring frame to lead 46-41 at the conclusion of the period.

Shaw held the games largest lead at seven points with 7:59 left in regulation but Claflin made it interesting down the stretch with a comeback bid, scoring four-straight points capped off by a steal and layup from Dashia Jackson as the game clock showed 1:30 left. Two free throws from Sinclair gave Shaw a three-point cushion with 30 seconds remaining as the following possession, junior guard Ariana Fleming (Newark, DE) recorded a steal which led to her icing two free throws and securing the win for Shaw.

White led all scorers with a season-high 15 points to go along with four rebounds, she was 7-of-9 from the field. Both senior guard Dejoria "DJ" Howard (Orangeburg, SC) and Sinclair finished with 13 points apiece while Howard, recorded her second double-double of the season with a game-high 14 rebounds. Fleming contributed 10 points, five steals and two rebounds to round out the double figure scoring for the Lady Bears.

Sinclair and junior guard Keyonte Cherry (Rocky Mount, NC) grabbed five rebounds each, defensively.

For Claflin, Jackson finished with 15 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals while Dionna Long added 10 points, nine rebounds and three steals.

Shaw will take some time off to enjoy the Holiday Break. The Lady Bears will begin the New Year with a road contest at Virginia Union on Jan. 4 at 2 p.m., followed by a home contest against Claflin on Jan. 6 at 6 p.m. inside the historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.

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