CHARLOTTE — Shaw used its size and muscle to wrestle a 62-55 victory from Winston-Salem State in the quarterfinals of the CIAA tournament Wednesday.
The Bears outrebounded the Rams 45-35 and outscored them 28-16 on second-chance points. The win sets up a rematch with Elizabeth City State in Friday’s semifinals . The Vikings defeated the Bears during the regular season.
“We expect a tough game on Friday,” said Shaw coach Jacques Curtis. “We know what to expect from them and they know what to expect from us, so it should be a battle.”
Against Winston-Salem State, Shaw took its biggest lead – seven points – on a 5-0 run with 12 minutes, 40 seconds left in the game. The Rams tied the game two minutes later after five straight points from sophomore forward Dionna Scott and a basket by senior Schatavia Gray.
After trading baskets, Keyrra Gillespie nailed a pretty 3-pointer from the top of the key to give the Rams their first lead since the first half. Gillespie scored again on a short jumper, followed by Somalia McKenney’s putback the Rams led 49-44 at the 7:33 mark.
“This was the type of game we expected,” Curtis said “They run their sets real well and play a ball-control offense, so we knew what type of game it would be.”
The defending NCAA Division II national champions tied the game on senior Isayra Diaz’s 3-pointer and Crystal Harris’ turnaround jumper. Harris then gave the Bears a 51-49 lead with 5:15 left.
Trailing 54-52 with 2:31 left, the Rams gave up back-to-back rebounds following free throws, which allowed Shaw to draw additional fouls and build a five-point lead with 1:30 remaining. The Rams never recovered.
Crystal Gordon scored a game-high 21 points, 11 from the free-throw line. Harris collected 10 rebounds.
Elizabeth City State 74, St. Augustine’s 68: The Falcons (12-15) could not overcome the North Division’s No. 1 seed Vikings (24-3) size in the paint, as St. Augustine’s was outrebounded 48-37 and outscored inside 42-28.
The first half saw nine ties and seven lead changes. But with the score knotted at 21-all, the Vikings outscored St. Augustine’s 15-7 to lead 36-28 at halftime.
In the second half, Elizabeth City State slowed the game down went inside.
Fayetteville State 60, Lincoln 46: Kristen Hanzer scored 15 points and led three other players in double figures for the Broncos (23-4), the South Division’s No. 1 seed.
Shuanda Ashford had 12 points and 12 rebounds, Alicia Person added 12 points and Akysia Resper 10 for Fayetteville State, which led by as many as 17 points in the second half.
Cynthia Johnson scored 12 points for the Lions (10-18), the North Division’s No. 4 seed. Bill Kiser
Virginia Union 57, Virginia State 55: Ashle Freeman scored 16 points, including a 3-pointer midway through the second half that put the Panthers ahead to stay in the season’s third win against the Trojans.
Parress Davis added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Virginia Union (13-13), the North Division’s No. 2 seed, which fought back from a five-point deficit midway through the first half to lead 24-23 at the break.
Lamesha Deal had a game-high 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Alexandria Massado added 11 points for Virginia State (14-14), the North Division’s No. 3 seed. BK