Dec 18, 2012
West Palm Beach, Fla. — Shaw University women's basketball team outrebounded Palm Beach Atlantic 58-27 on their way to a 73-59 win over the Sailfish in a game played Monday afternoon at Rubin Arena on the PBAU campus.
The Lady Bears dominated inside, forcing the Sailfish to shoot long threes or struggle to find inside shots. The Lady Bears held PBAU to 32.8 percent shooting (21 for 64) while forcing them to take 20 three-point shots. Shaw's rebounding margin included 23 offensive rebounds, leading to 19 second-chance points. Palm Beach Atlantic managed only 10 offensive rebounds for four second chance points.
Shaw's bench also came up big for the Lady Bears, contributing 42 points while the Sailfish go no points at all from their bench.
With the win, the Lady Bears improve to 4-1 on the season - and extend their winning streak to three games. Palm Beach Atlantic falls to 2-7.
It was all Lady Bears early in the first half as Shaw scored the first five points of the contest, and eventually built a 9-4 lead with 17:00 minutes left in the period.
Shaw continued to hold small leads, building a larger margin, then watching it shrink as the Sailfish would hit a critical three. With 9:34 on the clock and Shaw holding a 16=13 lead, Taylor Peterson drained a three from the right wing to tie the score at 16.
The Lady Bears responded by scoring five straight points - four of those off Crystal Gordon tip ins - to build a 21-16 lead with 7:55 remaining in the half.
Both teams then went through a long scoring drought fueled by numerous turnovers. During the four scoreless minutes, Shaw committed four turnovers while the Sailfish had three miscues.
Kearah Jeffreys broke the scoreless streak for the Lady Bears, hitting a shot from beyond the arc to increase the Shaw lead to 24-16. Ronika Ransford added a single free throw to up the lead to nine points before PBAU again got on the scoreboard.
With 2:35 left, Kristie Mason drained a three to restart the scoreboard for the Sailfish and cut the lead to 25-19. For the rest of the half, Shaw would hit free throws, while the Sailfish hit layups to make the score 29-24 going into the locker room.
Shaw opened the second half quickly, extending their lead to ten points when Crystal Wilson hit a three to give the Lady Bears a 34-24 lead.
Palm Beach Atlantic battled back quickly, scoring the next 11 points and taking a 35-34 lead with 16:17 left in the game when Ashley Dolberry hit a layup and was fouled, then Shaw committed a technical foul. Taylor Peterson hit the two technical free throws after which Dolberry hit her single free throw for the lead.
Shaw answered with two layups, then the two teams effectively traded buckets for four minutes. With 11:12 left in the game, Mallory Motycka hit a three to give the Sailfish a 48-46 lead. The teams would again exchange buckets, then Wilson hit a three, followed by a layup from Harris to give Shaw a 53-50 lead. The Lady Bears would not trail again.
With 9:10 left, Dolberry got a pass inside and scored on a layup, cutting the Shaw lead to one at 53-52, but the Lady Bears answered with an 11-point scoring run, punctuated with three pointer from Jeffreys that gave Shaw a 64-52 lead with 5:01 left in the game.
Motycka broke the scoring drought for the Sailfish, but the Bears answered with another four points and never let the lead slip below the double digit mark the rest of the game.
Harris and Adana David led the Lady Bears with 16 points apiece. Ransfod added another ten. In all, eight Lady Bears scored five points or more. Gordon pulled in 13 rebounds to lead both teams, and Sequoyah Griffin had six assists to pace Shaw.
Of the ten PBAU players who saw action in the game, only four scored, but three had double-digit performances. Peterson had 19 points, while Motycka had 18 and Dolberry added 16. Peterson had nine rebounds to lead the Sailfish and Lynsey Poole had seven assists.
The Lady Bears remain in Florida and will take on Lynn at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday. They then 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.