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Photo by Donald Watkins.
Photo by Donald Watkins.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Senior guard Dejoria "DJ" Howard (Orangeburg, SC) scored 18 points and collected five rebounds but it would not be enough as the Shaw University women's basketball team dropped a 57-47 decision to Rams of Winston-Salem State University in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division contest Monday night in C.E. Gaines Center.

The loss dips the Lady Bears to 6-17 overall, 2-12 in the CIAA and 2-7 in the South. Meanwhile the Rams snap a losing skid with tonight's win, improving to 11-14 overall, 6-8 in the CIAA and 5-4 in the South.

Shaw got off to a good start in the first quarter, outscoring the Rams 15-6 on 45-percent shooting. The Lady Bears controlled majority of the second quarter, including 24-11 stand over the Rams capped off by a 3-pointer from junior guard Tyra Sinclair (Laurel, MD) with 5:20 left in the stanza.

Although WSSU used a 12-4 run in the last five minutes of the first half, Shaw owned a 28-22 lead at halftime.

Shaw held at least a two-point cushion in the third quarter, but the Rams scored nine unanswered points to steal the lead and close out the period with a 41-36 frame heading into the fourth quarter.

A jumper at the 6:51 mark of the fourth stanza snapped a scoring drought for Shaw but the Rams responded with a 3-pointer from Teara Johnson that provided WSSU with a 46-39 command with under five minutes left in regulation. From there, the Lady Bears were held to just seven points for the remainder of the contest as Shaw would not pull any closer than eight points to Winston-Salem State.

Melody Prichard and O'Shea Hatley both paced WSSU in scoring with 14 points apiece. The Rams shot 39-percent (20-52) from the floor and hit 13-of-22 shots from the free throw line.

Shaw will return to action on Friday, Feb. 14 for a Pink Out game with rival Saint Augustine's University for a division contest inside Spaulding. The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

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