Jan 3, 2013
N.C. — The Shaw University women's basketball team got double-digit scoring from five players, but Elizabeth City State hit a blazing 63 percent from the field as they downed the 18th ranked Lady Bears 96-86 in a game played at the R.L. Vaughn Center Thursday night.
The loss snaps a seven-game winning streak for Shaw, and drops them to 8-2 on the season, 0-1 in the CIAA. ECSU improves to 9-2 on the season, 1-0 in conference.
"Our guards did a real good job, but we lost the game in the post. They hit about 30 percent and didn't get to the free throw line," said Shaw Head Coach Jacques Curtis. "We didn't get the points in the paint and we didn't get to the free throw line like they did. It cost us the game."
He continued, "We took 25 more shots than they did. We did the things we wanted to do, but couldn't close the deal."
The Lady Bears hit 34 of 79 of their shots for a solid 43 percent, but could not compete with ECSU's 34-for-54 performance from the field. Shaw hit 14 of their 21 free throw attempts, while the Lady Vikings sank 23 of 35.
Ronika Ransford and Kearah Jeffreys saw major time in the guard spots, combining for 47 points - 24 from Ransford and 23 from Jeffreys.
Shaw got off to a slow start in the first half, struggling to get their running game under control, while the Lady Vikings were sinking well over half their shots.
The Lady Bears did not struggle from the field, hitting 16 of 35 for a strong 45.7 percent pace, but that paled next to ECSU's 15 for 28 (53.6 percent) performance.
Elizabeth City State opened an early lead, and with 16:11 left in the first, DaShera Boone got the ball on the fast break, pulled up at the three-point line and drained a jumper that gave the Lady Vikings a 16-8 lead.
With ECSU still holding an eight-point advantage with 11:05 left in the first, Shaw scored eight straight, culminating with Ransford's layup off a Crystal Harris pass that knotted the score at 24.
Elizabeth City reclaimed the lead, eventually building it to four points with 1:56 on the clock. Shaw then closed out the half by scoring six straight points, including two buckets in the paint from Taylor Dalrymple. Shaw went into the locker room at the half with a 39-37 lead.
The second half began as a barnburner, with neither team taking a clear advantage. ECSU built a four-point lead early, but the Lady Bears battled back to tie the score at 45 when Jeffreys hit a three.
With 16:23 left in the half, Jeffreys hit a layup, cutting the Shaw disadvantage to two, 49-47. ECSU answered with five straight points. The Lady Bears again battled back, tying the score at 56 when Ransford sank a layup on the fast break.
Those would be the last points the Lady Bears scored for just over three minutes. Shaw had two turnovers and four missed shots during that period, while the Lady Vikings hit all five field goals they attempted.
With 9:53 left in the game, Ransford had another fast break layup, stopping the ECSU scoring run, but Shaw now trailed 67-58. Jasmine Whitehurst answered the Shaw bucket with a three, stretching the Elizabeth City lead to 12 points.
Shaw was not able to get any closer than eight and the Lady Vikings eventually broke another scoring run, this one 12-6, that gave them an 89-73 lead with 1:52 left in the game.
In the closing minutes of the game, Shaw made a 10-3 run, but it was too little, too late. The Lady Vikings added four free throws before Ransford added a three at the buzzer to set the final score at 96-86.
In addition to Ransford and Jeffreys, three Lady Bears scored in double digits. Dalrymple finished the game with 12, while Crystal Harris added 11 and Sequoyah Griffin ten. Dalrymple led the team with eight rebounds and six assists.
Shatara Jackson had 29 points to lead the Lady Vikings. Stephanie Harper added another 23, while Boone added 13 and Whitehurst and Shawnte Taylor had 11 each. Whitehurst and Harper led all rebounders with nine and Jackson handed out seven assists.
The Lady Bears return to action Saturday afternoon when they travel to Murfreesboro, N.C. for a game against Chowan. Tip is 2:00 p.m. Shaw returns home on Thursday, January 10, when they host Virginia Union at 6:00 p.m. at Shaw's C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.