Dec 19, 2012
Shaw University's women's basketball team rallied from 12 points down in the second half to claim their fourth victory in six days as they downed Lynn 59-57 in a game played Wednesday afternoon at the de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center on the Lynn campus.
The game was anything but textbook as the Lady Bears committed 23 turnovers and shot only 33.9 percent (21 of 62). Lynn fared slightly better, committing only 22 turnovers while hitting 22 of 57 shots for a 38.6 percent rate.
With the win, Shaw improves to 5-1 on the season, collecting four of those wins since Friday when they downed Washington Adventist. The next afternoon they defeated then-ranked Nova Southeastern, then traveled to Palm Beach Atlantic on Monday, claiming a victory there. With the loss, Lynn falls to 7-3.
Statistically, Shaw's only clear advantage came in points off the bench, with the Lady Bears scoring 34 points versus Lynn's 15. Kearah Jeffreys had 15 off the bench for Shaw, while Whitney King added another ten.
In the first half, both teams tried to push a running game, but struggled with turnovers and fouls - as well as poor shooting. The Lady Bears committed 15 turnovers in the first half alone while Lynn had 12. As the half ended, all five Lynn players on the court had two fouls apiece.
Neither team managed to hit even 40 percent of their shots in the first, with Shaw hitting one-third of their shots and Lynn hitting 11 of 30 for a 36.7 percent rate.
Tied 6-6 with 15:50 left in the first half, both teams failed to score in the next two minutes, then Crystal Harris hit a jumper followed by a jumper from Kearah Jeffreys to give Shaw a 10-6 lead.
The Fighting Knights battled back, scoring the next five points and claiming an 11-10 lead. With the game tied at 13-all, Jeffreys hit a three and followed with a jumper to give Shaw their largest lead of the half at 18-13.
With 5:26 left, Lynn's Kira Harvey capped their comeback with a three pointer to tie the score at 22-all.
With just over a minute showing on the clock, the Fighting Knights completed a fast break, with Harvey finding Shatorria Baker for a quick layup and a 27-26 lead for Lynn. The Bears answered with a free throw from Taylor Dalrymple and a layup from King to give them a 29-27 lead. Harvey closed out the scoring in the first with a single free throw that sent Shaw to the locker room at the half with a 29-28 lead.
Scoring runs were the story of the second half, as the Fighting Knights opened the period on a 12-2 scoring run, and with 14:16 left in the game, Amanda Schultz hit a layup that gave the Fighting Knights their largest lead of the game at 43.31. They eventually built a 20-8 run when Baker drained a jumper to give Lynn a 48-37 lead with 12:00 left in the game.
Shaw then shut down the Lynn offense, forcing the Fighting Knights into some off-balance shots. In the next six-plus minutes, Lynn would miss all eight shots they took while Shaw found the bottom of the net. When Whitney King hit a three with 6:04 left, she gave the Lady Bears a 51-48 lead.
Nearly six and a half minutes after Baker's shot, Tashina Bailey drove the lane, sinking a layup and breaking the Lynn scoring drought and cutting Shaw's lead to one. Bailey's bucket was the first of a seven-point scoring run that gave Lynn a 57-51 lead.
Shaw again answered with a scoring run of their own, scoring eight straight and taking a 59-57 lead when Crystal Harris hit a short jumper with 1:33 left in the game.
Over those final 93 seconds, Lynn would take only two more shots as the Lady Bears controlled the tempo and the ball. After Jeffreys missed the front end of a one-and-one, Zacharia Baker got the rebound for Lynn and sent the ball down court. As the buzzer sounded, Baker launched a shot from beyond the arc, but it was off the mark and the Lady Bears emerged with the 59-57 win.
Jeffreys' 15 led the Lady Bears. Taylor Dalrymple added another 13 and King contributed ten. Dalrymple's 11 rebounds gave her a double-double in the game. She and Sequoyah Griffin led the team in assists with four apiece.
Harvey finished the game with 13 points, while Schultz added 11. Tashina Bailey had nine points, but fouled out in the closing minutes of the game. Harvey led the Fighting Knights in rebounds with eight and along with two other Fighting Knights - Baker and Schultz - had three assists to lead the squad.
The Lady Bears now take a break for the holidays before returning to action December 28 when they travel to Goldey Beacom for a 2:00 p.m. contest. They do not return home until Thursday, January 10 when they host Virginia Union in a 6:00 p.m. tip.