RALEIGH, N.C. – Four Lady Bears scored in double figures ignited by 18 points from junior forward Diamonique Kennedy (Beggs, OK) but that would not be enough as the Lady Bears fell 91-65 to the defending Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Champions, Virginia Union University in a non-conference contest Monday night inside C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.
The loss dips the Lady Bears to 6-12 overall while VUU improves to 14-2 on the year. Despite the loss, Shaw shot the ball fairly well, connecting 25-of-53 shots for 47.2-percent from the floor, 8-of-19 (42-percent) from the 3-point line and 7-of-9 (78-percent) from the free throw line. However, the Lady Panthers held a 43-25 advantage on the glass including a 13-8 frame in second chance opportunities.
Kennedy also grabbed a team-high five rebounds while freshman guard Sydni Callis (Maricopa, AZ) contributed 13 points as the Lady Bears second leading scorer. Senior guard Dejoria "DJ" Howard (Orangeburg, SC) chipped in 12 points while junior guard Tyra Sinclair (Laurel, MD) added 10 points off the bench.
After a slow start and a 13-point deficit (21-8) to start the first quarter, Shaw was able to close the gap to single digits using a 26-16 scoring spread in which Kennedy tallied five points in the stretch alone. The Lady Bears capped off its run with a free throw shot from senior guard Victoria Swanson (Monmouth, OR) but VUU took a 39-34 lead at the break on a last second layup from Peyton Evans.
Although Shaw came within two points of the Lady Panthers in the third quarter with 4:21 on the clock, the Lady Bears never led the entire game. VUU grew its lead to five on a 3-pointer from Shameka McNeill that led to an 11-4 run to close out the quarter with a 61-52 command.
The fourth quarter would be all VUU as the Lady Panthers grew a lead as large as 22 points before cruising to the win over the Lady Bears after outscoring Shaw 30-13 in the final stanza.
Carter was the game's leading scorer with 24 points and eight rebounds while Ifunanya Okoye recorded 18 points and 12 rebounds. McNeil charted 15 points while Dy'Manee Royal posted 13 points and six boards. Breonn Hughey scored 11 points to round out the double figure scoring for the Lady Panthers.
Shaw will return to action Saturday, Jan. 25 at rival Saint Augustine's for a CIAA Southern Division contest slated for 2 p.m. in Emery Gymnasium.
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