WBB: Balanced Attack Leads No. 18 Shaw Women Past VSU 71-59

Posted January 7, 2013

Four Shaw University women's basketball players scored in double digits - and three had double-doubles - as Shaw downed Virginia State 71-59 in a game played Monday night at Daniels Gymnasium.

"That's a good win for us. We beat a good team," said Shaw head coach Jacques Curtis. " We knew our back was to the wall because we were missing two starters. We knew it was going to have to be a team effort. We knew everyone was going to have to do their bit and a little bit more. We didn't want to go 1-2 on this road trip. We did a little visualization - seeing yourself being successful. We came out and played well."

With the win, Shaw improves to 10-2 overall, 2-1 in CIAA play, while Virginia State drops to 7-6 overall, 0-3 in the conference.

Taylor Dalrymple, Sequoyah Griffin and Crystal Harris each collected double-doubles for the Lady Bears. Dalrymple finished with 15 points, after going scoreless in the first half. She also hauled in 11 rebounds. Harris scored 14 and had 10 rebounds. Griffin finished one assist shy of the triple-double with 11 points, ten rebounds and nine assists.

"We were trying to go inside because we felt we had an advantage inside," said Curtis. "In the second half, we got the ball inside to Taylor and Crystal and it took something away from Sequoyah's scoring. This team is like all the other teams we've had. No one is going to get 20."

In the first half, Dashae Jones for VSU and Shaw's Sequoyah Griffin stamped their imprint on the game. Jones scored 13 points in the first, on a 4-for-9 performance from beyond the arc, while Griffin had 11 points, four assists and six rebounds. Neither would score a point in the second half.

Both teams got off to a slow start in the first as the VSU full-court press seemed to bother the Shaw offense. Shaw did not break into double digits until the 13:23 mark as Griffin found Kearah Jeffreys under the basket for a layup and a 10-5 Shaw lead.

Fortunately for Lady Bears fans, the Lady Trojans got off to an even slower start. With Jones hitting a three with 11:14 left in the first, VSU hit double digits and trimmed the Shaw lead to 15-10. Jones would hit another three to cut the Shaw lead to only two.

Two VSU free throws later, the game was tied a 15 with 7:48 on the clock. Shaw answered with a six-point run with buckets from Griffin, Jessica Anderson and Diamond Mitchell.

After another three-pointer from Jones, Shaw launched an 8-2 run fueled by two three-point shots from Griffin. VSU replied with an 8-2 run of their own with Jones again contributing a three that gave Shaw a 31-28 lead with 42 seconds remaining. Shaw would add one more point before the half for the 32-28 lead at the break.

Lamesha Deal hit a layup for VSU with 13:53 left in the game to cut the Shaw lead to only one, 36-35. Shaw answered with an 11-3 run, fueled in large part by five points from Harris. With 10:23 left in the game, Harris missed a layup, got her own rebound and put it back in to give Shaw a 47-38 lead.

Nearly six minutes later, the Lady Trojans trimmed the Shaw lead to six on a layup from Kiara Walton. Shaw answered with an 11-4 run, capped by five points - a three and two free throws - from Jeffreys to give Shaw their largest lead of the game, 67-54.

The Lady Trojans would trim the Shaw lead to as little as eight, but could get no closer. The Lady Bears closed out the game scoring the final four points, giving them the 71-59 final tally.

In addition to Dalrymple's 15, Harris' 14 and Griffin's 11, Jeffreys finished in double digits with 14. The Lady Bears shot 44.1 percent for the game, and hauled in 57 rebounds to only 28 for Virginia State.

For VSU, Deal finished with 14 points and nine rebounds to lead the Lady Trojans. Jones finished with 13 after going scoreless in the second half, and Walton finished with ten. Jones had five assists to lead VSU.

After a prolonged road trip, the Lady Bears return home Thursday when they host Virginia Union in a 5:30 p.m. tip.

"We're going to be glad to be home. We did two games in Florida, three in Delaware and D.C. and three to open up CIAA play. We had eight games on the road. We can't let down because we're at home, though. You can't give up one of the wins we just got by letting down at home."

Shaw plays its games at C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium on the Shaw campus.


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