Jan 26, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — The Shaw University Lady Bears used a dominant second half to knock off cross-town rival Saint Augustine’s 97-74 in a game played Saturday afternoon at C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.
After leading by just four (40-36) at the half, the Lady Bears outscored the Lady Falcons 57-38 in the second half to win their ninth straight game as they improve to 17-2 overall and 8-1 in the CIAA. More importantly, however, the Lady Bears are 3-0 in the Southern Division. Saint Augustine’s falls to 9-9 overall, 5-4 in the CIAA and 2-1 in the Southern Division.
“We told them that at halftime that we need to come out, buckle down and play,” said Shaw assistant coach Jonas Richard. “We came out with more concentration and more focus in the second half and it showed. We ran our sets and got after it on the defensive end and it helped us score 57 points in the second half.”
The Lady Bears had a balanced scoring attack as five players finished with double figures and two recorded double-doubles. Taylor Dalrymple led all scorers with 26 points and had 14 rebounds. Ronika Ransford added 16 points. Crystal Harris scored all of her 14 points in the second half. Crystal Gordon had a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Crystal Wilson contributed 10 in the win for Shaw.
Despite being outrebounded 27-25 at halftime, the Lady Bears won the battle of the boards 59-46, 22 of which came on the offensive glass. Along with Gordon and Dalrymple, Harris and Ransford contributed on the glass, pulling down seven and six rebounds, respectively.
“That was a big focus for us,” said Richard. “We let them get too many rebounds in the first half. They were just hungrier for the ball than we were. In the second half, we came out and we matched their intensity and it showed in the final rebounding tally.”
The first half was a seesaw battle between the two rivals as neither team was able to build more than a six-point margin.
Saint Augustine’s got on the scoreboard first when Temperance Jacobs made a jumper with 22 seconds into the game. It took two full minutes before the Lady Bears made a field goal. Ransford drove the lane and converted a layup with 17:26 remaining to tie the game at two.
Both teams traded baskets over the next four minutes. The Lady Falcons built three-point lead (12-9) thanks to back-to-back three-pointers from Regime McCombs and Ebony Spencer. With 11:29 remaining in the first half, Saint Augustine’s Terri Jacobs put her squad up five at 14-9, the team’s largest lead of the half, with 11:29 remaining.
Shaw answered back on a 6-0 run to regain the lead. The run started with a pair of free throws from Kearah Jeffreys, followed by a jumper from Griffin and was capped off with a bucket by Jeffreys, which gave the Lady Bears a 15-14 lead with 10:42 remaining in the frame.
Jacobs gave the Lady Falcons a one-point lead at 16-15. With 9:19 remaining in the period, Dalrymple put the Lady Bears up 17-16 on a pair of free throws. After a series of misses by both teams, Dalrymple’s tip-in put the Lady Bears up by three at 19-16.
After Jacobs buried another jumper to bring the Lady Falcons back within one at 19-18, Jeffreys buried a three-pointer to give the Lady Bears the 22-18 lead with 8:26 remaining. Dalrymple sank a jumper to give the Lady Bears a six-point lead (24-18), their largest of the period, with 7:48 left.
The Lady Falcons responded with a 13-6 run that saw them regain the lead at 31-30 on a tip-in from Tasha Mitchell with 4:49 remaining. The Lady Bears closed out the first half on a 10-5 run to build a 40-36 lead at halftime, a lead that they would never lose for the remainder of the game.
The Lady Bears shot 16-of-35 in the first half for a 45.7 percent rate. The Lady Falcons shot 13-of-43 from the floor for 30.2 percent. Saint Augustine’s buried five of their 12 three-point attempts for a 41.7 percent rate.
The Lady Bears broke the contest open in the second half as they opened on a 22-8 over the first seven minutes of the frame to build an 18-point margin. The run was capped off with a layup from Harris, which put the Lady Bears up 62-44 with 12:23 remaining.
A 5-2 run brought the Lady Falcons back within 15 at 64-49 with 11:34 remaining. The Lady Bears responded with four straight points to go up by 19 (68-49) thanks to a layup from Wilson with 10:23 remaining.
The Lady Falcons got back to within 15 on a midrange jumper from Jacobs, which was another 4-0 spurt by Saint Augustine’s. Jacobs’ jumper cut the score to 68-53 with 9:46 remaining in the contest.
That would be as close as the Lady Falcons would get for the remainder of the contest as the Lady Bears answered with a 16-5 run over the next four minutes to build an 84-58 lead with 5:46 left. Harris capped off the spurt with a layup to give Shaw the 26-point cushion, the team’s largest of the game.
Saint Augustine’s pulled within 19 (91-72) after Ebony Spencer sank a free throw with 1:22 remaining. The bucket by McCombs was part of a 14-7 run for the Lady Falcons.
Chelsey Pinkstaff scored her only two points of the contest at the 1:15 mark to put the Lady Bears back up 93-72. Fifteen seconds later, Diamond Mitchell sank two free throws to extend Shaw’s lead to 23.
With 34 ticks remaining, Gordon buried a jumper from the free throw line for the final points of the afternoon for the Lady Bears. Her bucket put Shaw up 97-72.
Saint Augustine’s Jasmine Cuffee sank two free throws with 18 seconds remaining for the final points of the contest.
McCombs led the Lady Falcons with 20 points, 18 of which came from beyond-the-arc. Jacobs added 13 points and nine rebounds in the loss.
The Lady Bears will return to action on Wednesday night when they host Fayetteville State at C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.