RALEIGH, N.C. – The Shaw University women's basketball team battled in a tight, one possession matchup, but it was ultimately edged by rival Saint Augustine's University, 71-65, Friday night inside C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium. The Lady Bears led by six in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Falcons scored eight unanswered points that would be proved to be the difference maker down the stretch.
Sophomore Amani Moxley (Moreno Valley, CA) led the way for Shaw with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field. She added three rebounds, two steals and an assist while junior Ariana Fleming (Newark, DE) added 13 points (7-10 shooting from the free throw line) and four assists. Redshirt freshman Sydni Callis (Maricopa, AZ) contributed 11 points and seven rebounds while senior Dejoria "DJ" Howard (Orangeburg, SC) finished with 10 points and four steals.
The Lady Bears were up 19-16 after the first quarter and would take a 37-33 lead at halftime thanks to a 18-17 scoring margin in the second quarter sparked by a 14-9 frame in points off turnovers in favor of Shaw.
Shaw led by as many as nine points in the third quarter and would sustain at least an eight point stand (54-46) at the end of the period but the Lady Falcons used a 10-2 run to tie the contest at 56-even with 6:54 left in regulation. The contest tied two more times before SAU went on an 8-0 run to come away with the win over the Lady Bears.
SAU had two players chart 18 points apiece in Milequa Eason and Kaaliya Williams. Angela Caraballo added 16 points while Williams grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
The loss dips the Lady Bears to 6-18 overall and 2-13 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Conference while St. Augustine's improves to 10-16 on the year and 5-11 in the CIAA.
Shaw will return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 19 for a senior day and its home finale against Fayetteville State. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Spaulding.
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