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Photo by Donald Watkins.
Photo by Donald Watkins.

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Shaw University women's basketball team dropped a 72-58 decision against the visiting Rams of Winston-Salem State University in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division contest Monday night inside the historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.


Both senior guard Dejoria "DJ" Howard (Orangeburg, SC) and junior forward Diamonique Kennedy (Beggs, OK) scored 19 points apiece while Howard recorded a team-high seven rebounds. Kennedy, who was 6-of-9 from the floor, collected five boards.


The loss dips Shaw's overall record to 6-14, 2-9 in the CIAA and 2-5 in the South. The Lady Bears stayed within reach of the Rams despite trailing in the first quarter, 20-16. During the second stanza, the lead changed and tied three times before Shaw scored back-to-back 3-pointers, including a tray ball from Howard to give Shaw a 3-point cushion (34-31) at the break.


Momentum shifted din the second half when the Rams went on an 18-5 run to take a double digit lead with 3:56 left in the third quarter.  The Lady Bears managed to trim the deficit to six points, capped off by a free-throw junior guard Ariana Fleming (Newark, DE) but WSSU tallied four-straight to lead 57-47 at the end of the period.


In fourth quarter, the Lady Bears trailed by as many 22 points midway but cold shooting wouldn't make it easier for Shaw as they were responsible for 18-percent from the field, connecting only 2-of-11 from the floor compared to WSSU's 46-percent (6-13) shooting.


On the glass, the Lady Bears were also at a disadvantage with the Rams holding a 50-27 stand. The Rams own a 20-7 frame in second chances and their bench outscored Shaw 23-7.


Three players finished in double figures for WSSU (10-10,5-5 CIAA, 4-1 South), led by Jahlia Williams with 18 points and nine rebounds while O'Shea Hatley recorded 13 points and 10 rebounds. Kinnidy Lawrence also charted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.


Shaw will return to action Saturday, Feb. 1 at Lincoln (PA) for a CIAA cross division contest slated to begin at 2 p.m. in Lincoln, Pa.


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