Shaw vs. Chowan
Don't know when it has been this empty at Spaulding Gymnasium. Students are out. Can reach out and stretch my arms. Been waiting to see what Chowan women are all about. They are 8-1 and ranked No. 8 in the D2SID poll. Shaw is 2-5. This is the conference opener for both teams.
Chowan cold early but hitting the boards. Bears committing too many turnovers early in game to give Hawks second chances. After trailing 4-0, CU has scored six straight points from three different players.
Shaw's 2-3 zone forcing Hawks to shoot from outside, which has worked so far. Bears out to biggest lead 13-8. But CU's rebounding and half-court press is keeping it in the game.
End of first quarter: Shaw 18, CU 15. LaQuisha Taylor and KlinTisha Martin have six points each for Shaw, while Dhyamond Crenshaw has six for CU, although the score sheet says eight points. I guess I'll have to go with that but it's really six. The Bears are perfect from the free throw line while CU has yet to shoot one.
Emily Davis has come out with four big points for Shaw to give Bears a 26-20 lead before Danielle Weldon's layup. Weldon cuts it to 2 with another layup with just under 7 minutes left in the half.
Hawks have tied the game. Mariah Coker gives Hawks a 27-26 lead with 6:05 left in half. CU has picked up defensive intensity.
CU has outscored Shaw 10-2. Make that 13-2 for a 38-28 lead with 2:50 left in half. Hard to believe Shaw is outrebounding the Hawks. Coach Latoya Jones is quite animated on the sideline, a show all her own.
End of first half: Chowan reversed a five-point deficit into a 41-30 lead. Crenshaw is the game's high scorer with 13 points; Martin leads Shaw with 11.
Martin is being helped off the court favoring her left foot. Shaw can ill-afford to lose her. 8:30 left in the third.
Hawks have pulled out to 16-point lead with 6 minutes left in third. Shaw has just 4 points so far.
Shaw is shooting better than Chowan but the difference is in offensive rebounds, 16-9 in the Hawks favor, and turnovers. Hawks have 18 points off 20 Shaw turnovers. Not to mention CU has a 30-6 advantage in the paint and 16-6 off the bench.
Shaw making a run. Aaliyah Cooley nails a three to pull the Bears to within 10 but Coker puts it back up to 13 with a trey; then Raquel Kellow gets a layup and is fouled. Makes FT. Back to 10 with 30 seconds left.
End of third: Roberts hits a jumper to give CU a 62-50 lead. Taylor scored 10 points in the period for Shaw.
Shaw would be down by 20 if not for Taylor. CU's lead down to 7, make that 9, after Roberts jumper. What a nice reverse layup by Jada Lee. Hawks have scored 6 straight to go back up to 13 with 6:10 left.
Kellow has given the Bears a spark. Lead back down to 9 with 3:31 left.
Another bucket by Taylor, which gives her 20 for the game so far, 17 in the second half. And just like that Hawks back up by 11 with 2 minutes left. Chowan has taken everything Shaw has thrown at it.
Game over. Chowan wins 82-70. Four players finished in double figures: Crenshaw (21), Roberts (18), Weldon (16) and Coker (11). Taylor was the game's high scorer with 22 points. Hawks outrebounded Shaw 53-36 and outscored the Bears in the paint 48-16.
Both squads are 4-4. Shaw is on a two-game win streak.
Bears out to a quick 6-0 lead: 4 points by Khaliq Williams and a thunder dunk by Savon Goodman.
But the Hawks have kept their cool and taken a 10-6 lead. DeAngelo Stephens-Bell cuts it to 2 on a breakaway.
The Bears have caught a hot hand, outscored CU 17-2 for a 23-12 lead with just under 10 minutes left in first.
Shaw is shooting a whopping 80% from the field. Lead CU 40-28 with 4:02 left in half. Goodman has 12 points.
Halftime: Shaw 48, CU 36.
Bears finished half with 60.7% shooting, including 83.3% from free-throw range. Goodman still leads all scorers with 14. No CU player is in double figures.
Stephens-Bell has scored the Bears first four points to keep Shaw ahead by 12, 52-40. Hawks are outrebounding Shaw however 30-23. Bears have the edge inside the paint 32-22 and off turnovers 19-8.
Hawks won't go away. Tim Hewett nails a trey just as the shot clock expired to pull CU to within 8, but Goodman comes right back. Nine minutes left.
Goodman already has a double-double with 25 points and 12 rebounds. I think he's scored Shaw's last 12 points or something. Just a beast – and wearing teal-colored sneakers.
Every time Chowan gets run – got it down to 8 – here comes Goodman. He has 29 points with 1:40 left and Shaw leading 82-74.
A steal and basket by Tim Hewett pulls the Hawks even closer to six points with 1:12 left. Hewett has 17.
The next minute will turn into an hour as CU is starting to foul. Bears missing free throws, keeping Chowan in game.
83-76 with 50 seconds left. Khaliq Williams just missed a layup, too busy looking at his defender. 33 seconds left.
Hewett's layup makes it 83-78 with 25 seconds left.
Shaw wins 87-80 in its CIAA opener. Goodman showed up and showed out. Bears take on Elizabeth City State Thursday night. Former Shaw assistant coach Antonio Davis makes his debut as head coach of the Vikings.