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PC: Donald Watkins.
PC: Donald Watkins.

RALEIGH, N.C. – Senior guard Dejoria "DJ" Howard (Orangeburg, SC) scored a game-high 21 points but the Shaw University women's basketball team fell 69-60 to Johnson C. Smith University Wednesday night inside the historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.  Howard converted on 8-of-19 from the floor, while adding four rebounds in 29 minutes.


Joining Howard in double figures was junior guard Ariana Fleming (Newark, DE) and junior forward Diamonique Kennedy (Beggs, OK) who both charted 13 points apiece.


The loss extends the Lady Bears skid to eight games as Shaw falls to 6-16 overall and 2-11 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play.


With a 12-9 disadvantage after one quarter, the Lady Bears managed to connect 5-of-10 shots from the floor in the second quarter. The lead changed twice before a tip-in from DeNajah Porter provided the Golden Bulls with a lead they would not relinquish in the opening half as that basket grew to a 10-point lead at the break (34-24) in favor of the JCSU.


The Lady Bears saw a deficit as large as 18-points in the third quarter before back-to-back baskets from Howard cut the Golden Bulls lead to 13 points at the end of the period (50-37).


Shaw made things interesting in the fourth, producing a 16-5 scoring spread and closing the gap to two points (55-53) with 5:22 left. However, JCSU scored seven unanswered points to push its lead back up to nine before scoring the game's nine points that featured five free throws.


Le'Zarea Bowens led JCSU in scoring with 21 points and 13 rebound while Maiya Green and Malia Rivers contributed 16 and 15 points, respectively. The win puts the Golden Bulls 13-9 overall and 8-4 in the CIAA. The Golden Bulls shot 41-percent from the field, 36-percent from the 3-point line and hit 8-of-9 from the free throw line.


For the contest, Shaw shot 44-percent (22-50) from the floor and 78-percent (11-14) from the charity stripe but hit 5-of-21 shots (24-percent) from the 3-point line. JCSU held a 29-19 frame in points off turnovers, 39-28 performance on the glass and a 13-4 ratio in second chances.


Shaw will return to action on Monday, Feb. 10 at Winston-Salem State for another CIAA division matchup with the Rams. Game time slated for 5:30 p.m. in the C.E. Gaines Center.


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