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Photo by Donald Watkins.
Photo by Donald Watkins.

RICHMOND, Va.  The Shaw University women's basketball team's 40-percent shooting from the floor in the first quarter would not be enough to overcome an 18-point deficit early on as the Lady Bears could not overcome a season-high 35 turnovers in a 88-49  setback to No. 7 Virginia Union University during its first game of the New Year on Saturday afternoon at Barco-Stevens Hall.

The loss dips the Lady Bears to 4-8 on the season and 1-4 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) while VUU improves to 9-1 on its 2019-20 campaign and 3-0 league action.

Although, Shaw shot over 40-percent from the field and even connected more 3-pointers than the Lady Panthers, the Lady Bears never led the entire game. VUU held a 37-27 advantage on the glass and capitalized on the Lady Bears, scoring 33 points off the Lady Bears turnovers.

After falling behind 28-10 in the first quarter, the Lady Bears scored six straight points featuring a 3-pointer each from junior guard Tyra Sinclair (Laurel, MD) and senior guard Victoria Swanson (Monmouth, OR) to begin the second stanza, clipping the Lady Panthers lead 28-16 with 8:44 on the clock.

VUU responded with a layup that led to a 11-0 run over the span of six minutes as the final three ticks featured both teams trading baskets capped off by the Lady Panthers owning a 25-point advantage at halftime with a layup from Dy'Manee Royal to extend VUU's lead 45-20 over Shaw.

The Lady Bears trailed by double digits for the remainder of the contest as Virginia Union outscored Shaw 18-14 in the third quarter and 25-15 in the fourth.

Sinclair led the way for Shaw offensively with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field and 43-percent (3-7) from the 3-point line to go along with four assists and three rebounds. Junior forward Diamonique Kennedy (Beggs, OK) added eight points and four rebounds also off the bench.

VUU had three players finish in double figures led by Peyton Evans with 20 points and eight steals while Jasmine Carter chipped in 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. Breonn Hughey aided 12 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals.

Shaw will have a quick turnaround as the Lady Bears return Raleigh to host Claflin University on Monday, Jan. 6 in CIAA Southern Division contest. Tip-off is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. inside the historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.

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