Bowie St. Defeats Shaw 56-47 in CIAA Women's Basketball Tournament Opener

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Women's Basketball Championship Tournament tipped off Tuesday morning as Bowie State University and Shaw University squared off at the Bojangles' Coliseum. Bowie State used a strong second and third quarter to hold off a Shaw rally in the fourth and come away with a 56-47 win.

The Bulldogs, the No. 4 seed in the Northern Division, improve to 18-8 and will face the No. seed from the Southern Division Fayetteville State on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at Bojangles Coliseum.  Shaw concludes their season with a 6-23 record.

Kyah Proctor scored 19 points while Sade Chatman added ten to pace the Bulldogs offense. Pere Alexander added eight points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots. Kiara Colston led the Bulldogs with five assists.

Lervencia Johnson recorded a double-double for the Bears, scoring 12 points while grabbing ten rebounds.  Emily Davis also had 12 points for the Bears.

The two teams played a closely contested first quarter with neither team leading by more than one possession over the first six minutes.    The Bulldogs used a 7-1 run to break a 9-9 tie and open up a 16-10 lead  with 1:31 to go before Johnson's jumper pulled Shaw within two 16-12 at the end of the period.

The Bulldogs scored four of the first six points in the second quarter to take a six-point lead before the Bears scored on two straight possessions to pull within two 20-18.  Bowie State used a 7-2 run over the final 4:31 of the second quarter to open up their biggest lead of the first half, 27-20. Chatman provided the first four points of the run while Lisa Jing's three-point basket at the buzzer capped the run.

An 11-4 run by Bowie State over the first five minutes of the third quarter pushed the Bulldogs lead to double digits, 38-24 midway through the third quarter.  Shaw countered with a 10-5 flourish to end the quarter to cut the lead back to single digits, 43-34.

Raquel Kellow opened the fourth quarter with a three-pointer to bring Shaw within six, 43-37. Alexander and Proctor answered with back to back three-pointers to again give Bowie a double digit lead 49-37. The Bears clawed back within seven, 54-47 with a 10-5 run with just 39.2 seconds left. Colston sank two free throws with 11 seconds left to provide the final points of the game and seal the 56-47 win for the Bulldogs.

The teams were fairly even shooting-wise with the Bulldogs having the slight advantage, making 19-of-57 shots (33.3%) to Shaw's 16-of-49 (32.7%). The Bulldogs were 13-16 from the free throw line (81.3%) while the Bears made 13 of 20 (65%). Bowie State also held a 39-36 rebounding edge. 

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