Coaches vs. Cancer initiative will cross all of the Hawks’ teams.


PRINCESS ANNE, Md.—The American Cancer Society of the Eastern Shore, headquartered in Salisbury, Md. is partnering with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for the 2017-2018 athletic year. The two organizations will be driving a Coaches vs. Cancer awareness campaign on the 25th anniversary of the movement.

Championed by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the organization partnered with the American Cancer Society to unite basketball coaches and fans throughout the program to defeat a common enemy — cancer.

Founded by Norm Stewart, the former University of Missouri head men’s basketball coach in 1993, Stewart asked fans to pledge one dollar for every 3-point shot his team made during their season, to be donated to the fight against cancer. Twenty-five years later, the program has raised more than $110 million to the fight against cancer.

Being true to Coach Stewart’s idea, the Hawks will ask that fans pledge for every 3-pointer the Hawks make from Feb. 1-March 4, 2018 . Whether it is at the end of each game, or at the end of the season, fans can total up the shots from the men’s and women’s teams and donate accordingly. Beginning January 8, 2018, fans can go to, find Maryland Eastern Shore and make their contributions there. Any fan who makes a donation of $100.00 or more (at once or through the challenge) will receive a t-shirt from Coaches vs. Cancer.

However, Maryland Eastern Shore is going beyond basketball and promoting the initiative across all its sports at the urging of Ashley Webb, the Community Development Manager on the Eastern Shore.

“We have always been advocates of the fight against cancer,” said Director of Athletics Keith Davidson. “Whether it be Relay for Life events, Coaches vs. Cancer in men’s basketball, Dig Pink with women’s volleyball, Think Pink nights with women’s basketball, or Save Second Base Games with baseball and softball, our department has always supported the fight against this horrible disease.”

This year, at each home game, Hawk Athletics is promoting the fight against cancer. Through public address announcements, informational tables, donation collection, and themed events, the Hawks hope to raise awareness and help support the Coaches vs. Cancer initiative and the American Cancer Society.

The drive informally kicked off with volleyball and basketball on Oct. 20, at Hawk Hysteria when students and fans signed pledge cards in honor of their loved ones affected by the disease. The Wall of Hope is still on display in the William P. Hytche Athletic Center and will continue to grow this season.

Other events include two games during Suits and Sneakers week, when the coaches will wear their Nike sneakers with their suits when they face North Carolina Central on Jan. 22 and again vs. Howard on Jan. 27.

On Feb. 5, when the Hawks take on Florida A&M, it will be Play4Kay night. With the teams in pink, The Shore will use that particular night to promote the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and help drive funds to that worthy cause. Fans can support the Hawks at:

Other cancer awareness events at other Hawk athletic contests will be announced soon.

“We have all been affected by [cancer]” said Davidson. “Whether it is family or friends, we all know someone who has had their life changed by cancer and not in a good way. Even here in the athletic department, our staff and coaches have been affected themselves so this campaign is near and dear to us.”

Jeff Cunningham

NORFOLK, Va., Jan. 2, 2018—Howard sophomore Sarah Edmond and Morgan State senior Lexus Spears were selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Women’s Basketball Co-Players of the Week, the conference office announced today. Howard’s Curstyn Moore earned Rookie of the Week honors, while Howard sophomore Jayla Myles was named Defensive Player of the Week.

Edmond (G, 5-9, So., Freeport, N.Y.) averaged 20.0 points and 4.5 assists per game over the past week, going a combined 13-for-23 (.565) from the floor. Against Brown, Edmond dropped a career-high 28 points on 9-for-17 shooting, while also dishing out six assists, grabbing five rebounds and notching three steals. In a win over Campbell, she went 6-for-8 from the floor for 12 points to go along with three rebounds and three assists.

Spears (F/C, 6-2, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.) went 10-for-12 (.833) from the floor in a win over UMass Lowell, scoring a game-high 21 points while also grabbing seven rebounds. Her performance helped Morgan State finish the non-conference slate at 7-6, its first winning non-conference record since the 2008-09 season.

Moore (G/F, 5-10, Fr., Mount Vernon, N.Y.) averaged 11.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, and she scored 13 points to go along with five rebounds against Campbell. She followed that up with a career-high 10 rebounds against Brown – a game in which she was just one point shy of a double-double.

Myles (C, 6-2, So., Rochester, N.Y.) averaged 10.5 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game this past week. In a win over Campbell, she grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds and blocked four shots – before turning in an eight-rebound, five-block performance against Brown.

Other Top Performers

Lanayjha Ashe (DSU) had 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists against Florida Atlantic.

Ryan Jones (DSU) scored 13 points at Florida before turning in a 12-point, five-rebound, two-assist performance against Florida Atlantic.

Florence Ouattara (FAMU) scored 18 points at Alabama to go along with four assists, four steals and three rebounds.

Adre’onia Coleman (MSU) recorded a double-double against UMass Lowell with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while also blocking three shots.

Alexus Lessears (NCAT) had 13 points and eight rebounds in a loss at Ohio.

Cinia McCray (NCAT) went 8-for-13 from the floor at Ohio, scoring 23 points and grabbing six rebounds.

Khadedra Croker (NSU) had six rebounds and three blocks in a win over Longwood.

Ryan McGinty

NORFOLK, Va. - Morgan State's Tiwian Kendley and Norfolk State's Kyle Williams have been selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Co-Men's Basketball Players of the Week, the conference announced today. Howard's R.J. Cole was named Rookie of the Week while Morgan State’s Phillip Carr was selected as Defensive Player of the Week.

Kendley had a monster week during Morgan State's West Coast swing as he averaged 30 points and four steals in two games played at Grand Canyon and Cal State Northridge. Kendley also shot 91.3 percent (21-of-23) from the free throw line and 48.6 percent from the field while averaging two assists. Versus Grand Canyon, Kendley scored 31 points with four steals and a blocked shot and followed it up three days later with a 30-point, four-steal performance at Cal State Northridge.

Williams helped Norfolk State close out non-conference play in style as he scored a game-high 21 points en route to a win over Stony Brook. The 6-4 redshirt senior guard saved his best for last as he scored 10 of the final 16 Norfolk State points in the final 3:59 of the second half. Williams finished the contest shooting over 50 percent while also nailing 7-of-8 free throws. He also grabbed four rebounds and blocked one shot.

Cole continued his stronghold on the Rookie of the Week honors as he scored 22 points with five assists at Hawai'i. The freshman finished 7-of-8 from the charity stripe, shot 60 percent from beyond the arc and had a steal.

Carr averaged 11.5 rebounds in two games with one block and a steal. He grabbed 12 boards and had a steal at Grand Canyon while pulling down 11 boards with a blocked shot at Cal State Northridge.


Cedric Council (Coppin State) averaged 14 points in two games which was highlighted by a season-high 17-point performance against Georgia Tech.

Raasean Davis (North Carolina Central) led the Eagles in scoring with 16 points while shooting 80 percent from the field and tallying eight rebounds in the win over St. Andrews.

Marius McAllister (North Carolina Central) finished as the Eagles’ top rebounder (10) and also led in assists (8) in his first career start. He also accounted for a block and a steal versus St. Andrews.

Jordan Perkins (North Carolina Central) scored 11 points as he shot 3-of-4 from three-point range and totaled six assists in the win over St. Andrews.

Steven Whitley (Norfolk State) tied career highs for points and steals in NSU’s win over Stony Brook with 18 points, four steals and seven rebounds.

Desmond Williams (Florida A&M) led the Rattlers in scoring with a 20-point performance and a pair of steals against Ball State.

Hawks MBB Snap Skid With Win Over Rams

Evann Carpenter

MURFREESBORO, N.C. – The Chowan Men's Basketball team snapped a seven game skid, as the Hawks used a balanced scoring attack to down Winston-Salem State, 82-65, in cross-divisional play in CIAA action on Saturday evening.


FINAL | Chowan 82, Winston-Salem State 65

RECORDS | Chowan 5-7 (1-3), Winston-Salem State 4-10 (3-2)

LOCATION | Murfreesboro, N.C. (Helms Center)


Four players reached double-figures for the Hawks, led by Demetrius Sanders scoring 19 points on 7-11 shooting from the floor. Gus Rowland chipped in with 18 along with Tim Hewett (16) and Robert Grubbs (12).

Dino Muminovic tallied eight points, nine boards, and five blocks on the evening. Muminovic is three blocks shy of the single-season record with 37 blocks so far this season.

The Hawks outrebounded the Rams 42-29 and held the Rams to 36.1% shooting as Chowan shot 45.6% from the floor.


First Half:

Tim Hewett sparked the offense early with nine of the Hawks' 12 points in a 12-7 lead. Demetrius Sandersconnected from deep on his first shot attempt of the evening.

Winston-Salem State rallied on a 10-0 run to take the lead 17-12 midway through the half.

Demetrius Sanders cooled off the Rams' run with another long ball before baskets by Tim Hewett and Gus Rowland knotted the contest up at 19-all.

Both teams traded the lead until a 12-4 run to end the half allowed the Hawks to take the momentum. The first five points for the Hawks came from the stripe before Robert Grubbs connected from outside. Dino Muminovicand Gus Rowland tacked on a bucket to head into the locker room up 35-29.

Second Half:

Neither team was able to see the ball go through the net the first three minutes of the half until the Rams hit a triple with 16:49 on the clock.

Chowan saw their lead move to double-figures over the next four minutes of action as the Hawks went on a 16-7 run. Dino Muminovic started the run with a jumper followed by a Demetrius Sanders basket. Robert Grubbs and Demetrius Sanders connected from behind the arc along with Gus Rowland knocking down a pair from the floor to give the Hawks a 51-39 advantage with 12:02 to play.

Winston-Salem State knocked down a pair from behind the arc but Trevis Buckhanon gave the Hawks the double-digit lead for good with a two handed dunk. The Hawks continued to keep the Rams down with an 8-2 run as Demetrius Sanders found himself above the rim for a dunk.

WSSU looked to cut the deficit to single-digits but Tim Hewett sparked a 6-0 run with a dunk to push the lead to 18, 71-53.

The final 2:25 of the contest, the Hawks went 11-12 from the stripe as Gus Rowland picked up seven points down the stretch.


Chowan will return to the court on Monday, January 8 against Livingstone in CIAA cross-divisional play. Tip-off is slated for 7:30pm inside the Helms Center.
Virginia Union Basketball Sweeps Fayetteville State
Adrian Ferguson
Richmond, VA – Ninth ranked Virginia Union defeated the Fayetteville State women’s basketball team 85-65 in Barco-Steven Hall. The Panthers completed the double-header sweep with an 88-59 men’s victory.

Breona Jones led the 4-8 Broncos with 16 points. Noni Kuumba and Courtney Best each contributed 14 points. The women trailed 48-34 at halftime are now 0-4 in conference play.

The Panthers improved to 13-1 overall and 5-0 in the CIAA behind Alexis Johnson, who led all with 30 points and 17 rebounds. Shemeka NcNeill and Rachael Pecota had 15 points while Shareka McNeill finished with 10.

Willie Gilmore and Denzel Hosch combined for 30 points (15 each) for the Broncos while Joshua Smith netted 14. The men fall to 4-10 overall and 1-3 against CIAA Northern Division opponents.

VUU improved to 4-0 in the conference and 9-7 overall. Five Panthers finished with double digit points.
Strong Overtime Lifts Shaw Bears to 73-64 Decision Over Bowie State’s Bulldogs

Gregory Goings

BOWIE, Md. - If your opponent attempts 57 shots and you miss 55 shots, the end result will be a loss and that's exactly what Bowie State men's basketball did on Saturday afternoon, falling in overtime to the Shaw Bears by a final score of 73-64.

The win improved Shaw to 9-5 overall and 3-1 in the CIAA while the loss dips Bowie State to 6-9 on the year and 1-3 in the league.

Shaw’s DeAngelo Stephens-Bell (Jacksonville, Fla.) scored a game-high 26 points, including 19 in the second half to lead all scorers. He finished with eight rebounds, three assists and two steals while Savon Goodman (Philadelphia, Pa.) was responsible for a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds.

Shaw shot at a 54.5 percent clip from field in the second half and an overall 45.6 percent for the game, which including a blistering 75 percent (6-of-8) in overtime.

On the flip side, Bowie State shot a frigid 26.7 percent in second half (8-of-30) and a season-low 28.6 percent (22-of-77) for the contest.

The Bears led for over two minutes early on, but Bowie State tied the game at 7-7 on a jumper from freshman Justin Route (Washington, D.C.) at the 14:56 mark. The Bulldogs would control the rest of the half after using a 12-0 run to lead 27-15 over Shaw with 4:35 left. The Bears cut the deficit to single digits after producing a 9-2 scoring margin, but the Bulldogs held a 5-2 spread, including a layup at the buzzer from freshman Jacob Long (Washington, D.C.) to send the Bulldogs into halftime with a 35-27 advantage.

Shaw fought back to start the second half with a 13-5 run to tie the game 40-all at the 15:12 mark but after four lead changes and the game knotted at 55-55 with 4:39 remaining, the Bears used a mini 4-1 run to push in front at 59-56 as the clock displayed 34 seconds left in regulation. However, the Bulldogs did not flinch as senior Ahmaad Wilson (Baltimore, Md.) drained a 3-pointer to tie the game at 59-59, sending the game into overtime.

In the extra frame, the Bears scored eight unanswered points, taking a 67-59 lead as the Bulldogs had no answer for Shaw defensively, forcing the Bulldogs to call a timeout with 2:37 left to play. Bowie State senior Dayshawn Wells (Baltimore, Md.) hit a 3-pointer at 1:36 to pull within five but the Bears outscored the home team 6-2 down the stretch, including back-to-back dunks to close out the game.

Hayes led Bowie State in scoring with 13 points while sophomore Saiquan Jamison notched his fifth double-double of the season, recording 16 rebounds and 10 points. Freshman Keith Duffin, Jr. (Fort Meade, Md.) chipped in nine points and the Bulldogs trio of Wells, Long and Route tallied eight points each.

Bulldogs’ men’s basketball will have little time to rest before returning to the hardwood on Monday (January 8th), hosting Fayetteville State University at 7:30 p.m. in the A.C. Jordan Arena.

Rams Fade Late in 82-65 Loss at Chowan

WSSU held to 65 points in hard-fought loss

Trevin Q. Goodwin

MURFREESBORO, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (4-10, 2-3 CIAA) ran out of gas when the team took an 82-65 loss at Chowan (5-7, 1-3 CIAA), Saturday evening. Playing in their second came in 24 hours, the Rams struggled to find their offense in tough loss.

The Rams found points hard to come by in the game. As a team, the Rams were held to 65 total points and shot just 36.1% (22-of-61) from the floor while the Hawks shot 45.6% (26-of-57) from the floor. WSSU sophomore guard Robert Colon led the way for the Rams with a team-high 16 points. Junior guard Derrick Brewer, Jr. added 11 points as well. The Rams were especially outmatched in the rebounding column as Chowan totaled 41 rebounds to the Rams’ 30. Junior forward Chigozie Ngene-Igwe led the Rams’ rebounding effort with five in the game.

Things looked good early for the Rams, but some offensive struggles came to hinder the team late in the first half. The Rams opened the game with a solid effort after a Brewer, Jr. three-pointer left the team on top, 13-12 with 12:59 left in the half. The Rams pushed their lead to as many as five points, 17-12 after an Ngene-Igwe lay-up midway through the half. The Rams would hold on to their lead, but the feisty Hawks tied the game, 28-28 in the final four minutes of the half. It was then that the Rams would begin their struggles as the team didn’t record a field goal for the remainder of the half and took a 35-29 deficit into the locker room at halftime.

The second half saw the Rams’ struggles continue as the team kept up the fight, but they could not put the points they needed on the scoreboard. The half started with some solid defensive efforts by both teams. Neither team scored for the first three minutes before sophomore guard Julius Barnes hit a three-pointer with 16:49 left to play and pulled the Rams to within three points, 35-32. However, the three-point cushion was as close as the Rams would get as the team fell behind the Hawks by as many as 20 points, 82-62 in the final minute of the game. The Rams would keep chipping away, but in the end, the Rams took the 85-65 loss.

With the loss, the Rams fall to 4-10 overall and 2-3 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. The Rams will return to action, Monday when the team heads to Elizabeth City, N.C. to take on the Elizabeth City State Vikings. For more information on Rams men’s basketball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to

MBB: UMES 92, Hampton 83
Jim Heath
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The Hampton University men’s basketball team began Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play for the 2017-18 season with a 92-83 loss at Maryland Eastern Shore on Saturday.

After falling behind 11-6 early in the opening half of play, the Pirates were forced to fight back throughout the opening 20 minutes of play. Hampton (5-11, 0-1 MEAC) was able to take a one-point lead twice, but could not overcome the Hawks and Ahmad Frost, who scored 23 points in the first period leading UMES to a 50-41 lead at the break.

UMES closed the first half with a 10-3 run over the final three and a half minutes, with Frost and Tyler Jones each hitting three-pointers. Frost was good for 6-of-7 from three-point land and Jones scored 13 for UMES, marking 36 of the team’s 50 points.

Jermaine Marrow scored 11 for the Pirates in the first half, while dishing out three assists and recording three steals.

The Hawks (5-12, 1-1 MEAC) pushed their lead to as many as 19, going ahead 68-49, seven minutes into the second half, but the Pirates made a run. Marrow got his first basket of the second half in transition, slicing through the UMES defense, sparking an 8-3 run, which got the deficit to 14 points, bringing about a timeout from the Hawks.

Out of the quick break, the Pirates continued to chip away, with Marrow hitting another layup, before a pair from the line by Greg Heckstall got the lead down to 11 points at the midway point of the second half. Marrow finished with a team-high 19 points in the game for the Pirates.

Frost, who had been held to just three points in the first 10 minutes of the second half ended the Hampton run, hitting a contested layup down the left wing while taking contact and hit the free throw for the three-point play, for a 75-61 UMES lead.

A five-point spurt in a span of just seven seconds allowed the deficit to dip inside single digits for the first time in more than 10 minutes. Charles Wilson-Fisher was able to get a quick steal under the basket and put home the layup before another UMES turnover on the inbounds gave Wilson-Fisher another layup and a foul. The three-point play made it a 76-70 game with just under eight minutes left in the game. The spurt for Wilson-Fisher marked five of the freshman’s career-high 16 points in the contest.

After five UMES free throws looked to pull the Hawks away, Trevond Barnes buried a three-pointer from the left wing, getting the edge back down to six points, but that was as close as the Pirates could get through the remainder of the game.

UMES made its way in the second half at the free-throw line, scoring 15 points from the charity stripe, going 15-of-26 from the line while Hampton attempted just 11 free throws in the closing 20 minutes.

Heckstall finished a point shy of a double-double, scoring nine and grabbing 10 rebounds along with blocking two shots, while Malique Trent-Street scored 15 points and a season-high 10 assists off the bench.

Hampton remains on the road, traveling next to Howard University for a MEAC contest, originally slated for Monday, the game has been postponed to Tuesday, January 9 and will tipoff at 5:30 p.m.

For more information on Hampton University men's basketball, visit the official Pirates website at

WBB Basketball

Chowan WBB Upset By WSSU In Overtime

Evann Carpenter

MURFREESBORO, N.C. – The Chowan Women's Basketball team was dealt their second straight loss and first loss in CIAA play as the Rams of Winston-Salem State took down the Hawks 101-96 in overtime on Saturday afternoon.


FINAL | Chowan 96, Winston-Salem State 101 OT

RECORDS | Chowan 11-3 (3-1), Winston-Salem State 6-8 (1-4)

LOCATION | Murfreesboro, N.C. (Helms Center)


Chantel Roberts and Dhyamond Crenshaw tallied 54 combined points for the Hawks with Roberts scoring 28 points to go with 12 rebounds.

Mariah Coker set a new school record with 11 assists in her first double-double of her career adding 12 points to the mix. Danielle Weldon (15) and Jada Lee (10) reached double-figures scoring marks.

Winston-Salem State duo of Kandace Tate and Brionna Pate combined for 66 points and 20 rebounds.


First Quarter:

Chowan was unable to get a shot to drop in the early portion of the contest as WSSU jumped out to an early 8-0 lead. Chantel Roberts broke the seal on the Hawks' basket with a jumper. Danielle Weldon continued the attack with an old-fashioned three-point play.

The Hawks would continue to cut away at the deficit as Jada Lee, Danielle Weldon and Chantel Roberts notched baskets to cut the deficit to 12-11 with 2:31 remaining in the quarter.

The Rams widened the gap to 19-13 to end the quarter as Mariah Coker scored the lone basket down the stretch.

Second Quarter:

The Rams continued to attack seeing their advantage swell to double-figures, 23-13, just 1:08 into the second stanza. Chowan would go on a 7-2 run sparked by Chantel Roberts' long distance connection to trim the deficit to five, 25-20.

Chantel Roberts drained another trey along with two baskets by Jada Lee kept the contest within two points, 34-32.

The Hawks and Rams continued to trade baskets until half time as Winston-Salem took a 42-40 advantage into the locker room.

Third Quarter:
WSSU came out firing in the third quarter on a 15-6 run, giving the Rams a double-digit lead once again, 57-46, midway through the quarter. Joanne Williams and Dhyamond Crenshaw contributed to the scoring for the Hawks.

Chowan responded with a 16-3 run of their own to grab their first lead of the contest, 62-60, with just over a minute to play in the quarter. Danielle Weldon sparked the rally with a trey. Dhyamond Crenshaw added eight points in the run including a three-point play. Mariah Coker knotted the contest up with a jumper in the paint followed by Weldon's jumper at the elbow to put the Hawks on top.

The Rams countered with a 6-0 run to end the quarter to lead 66-62 heading to the final quarter.

Fourth Quarter:

The quarter started with both teams trading baskets as Dhyamond Crenshaw connected on a layup and Mariah Coker hitting from behind the arc. Danielle Weldon and Chantel Roberts gave the Hawks a 73-72 lead knocking down a pair from deep.

Six points by Chantel Roberts kept the Hawks in front as the lead continued to change hands in the one possession battle. Mariah Coker's triple gave the Hawks an 88-84 lead with 1:28 remaining in regulation.

WSSU knotted things up at 88-all with nine ticks left. Mariah Coker had a look at the basket as time expired but was unable to get it to drop.


Both teams converted from the charity stripe and the floor early as the score remained tied 93-all with 2:17 left in overtime.

WSSU gained the advantage with a jumper and a pair from the stripe to lead 97-93 with 1:04 left. Following an administrative technical Dhyamond Crenshaw brought the Hawks to within one, 97-96, connecting on 3-4 from the charity stripe.

The Rams put the game on ice with a bucket and a pair of freebies to upend the Hawks 101-96.


Chowan will continue cross-divisional play in the CIAA with a home contest against Livingstone on Monday, January 8. Tip-off is slated for 5:30pm.
Pate, Tate Power Rams in 101-96 Overtime Win at Chowan

WSSU duo combines for 66 points to lead Rams to victory

Trevin Q. Goodwin

MURFREESBORO, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (6-8, 1-3 CIAA) bounced back in a big way to take a 101-96 overtime road win over the Chowan Lady Hawks (11-3, 3-1 CIAA), Saturday afternoon. The Rams took the win behind a pair of dominating performances from senior center Kandace Tate and junior forward Brionna Pate as the two combined to score 66 of the Rams points in the win.

The Rams put on their second offensive explosion in a week to claim the victory. After scoring 103 points in a home win over West Virginia State last Sunday, the Rams broke the century mark again with 101 points, Saturday. As a team, the Rams shot 50.7% (36-of-71) from the floor while holding the Lady Hawks to shooting just 41.4% (36-of-87) from the floor. It was Pate that led the way for the Rams with 35 points with 13 rebounds in the game while Tate added 31 points as well. Senior guard Tiana Edwards added 15 points in the game.

The game was a dramatic one with a thrilling first and second half efforts from both teams. The Rams took control of the game early with an 8-0 run that was capped by an Edwards three-pointer with 7:41 left in the quarter. Though Chowan would attempt to cut into the Rams’ lead, the Rams held on to take a 19-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Rams pushed their lead to as many as 10 points, 23-13, after a pair of Pate free throws with 8:52 left in the half. Chowan would work to cut the WSSU lead down to just two points, 34-32 with 3:24 left to play, but the Rams would never relent as they took their 42-40 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The drama would continue in the second quarter. The Rams started the half on the right note as they pushed their lead to double-digits once again after a Pate jumper at the 5:49 mark gave the team a 55-44 lead. The WSSU lead would not hold up, however, as Chowan erased the lead and even left the Rams trailing, 60-62 with 1:22 left in the quarter. The Rams would answer in a big way with four straight points, including a pair of free throws from freshman guard Nyona Shields and a jumper from Tate that ended the quarter with the Rams on top, 64-60. The effort would set the stage for a dramatic fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter was a see saw battle with both teams claiming leads throughout the period. After going ahead by as many as five points, 69-64 after a Pate three-pointer with 8:38 left to play, the Rams eventually found themselves trailing, 73-72 with 6:40 left in the quarter. In the final minutes, the lead swung from side to side with the Rams falling behind by as many as four points. However, Pate would hit a jumper with 00:08 left to play to tie the game, 88-88 before a Chowan missed jumper at the buzzer sent the game into overtime.

The Rams dominated the overtime period, outscoring the Lady Hawks, 13-8 to claim the win. After falling behind 89-90 with 3:52 left to play, the Rams went on an 8-3 run that was capped by a pair of Tate free throws to go ahead 97-93. From there, the Rams clamped down on defense and never allowed the Lady Hawks to regain the lead and sealed the 101-96 win.

The 101 points marked the second time in a week that the Rams scored at least 100 points in a week. Prior to last Sunday, the team hadn’t scored 100 points since the 2012 season.

With the win, the Ram improve to 5-7 overall and 6-8 overall and 1-3 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. The Rams will return to action, Monday evening when the team closes out its three-game road trip with a 5:30 p.m. game at Elizabeth City State. For more information on Rams women’s basketball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations log on to

Lady Bulldogs Basketball Bounces Shaw Lady Bears 73-49

Gregory Goings

BOWIE, Md. – Bowie State Bulldogs women’s basketball rolled by visiting Shaw University on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Lady Bears 73-49. The win improves the Bulldogs’ record to 10-3 overall and 3-1 in league play.

Leading the Bulldogs offensively was senior Kiara Colston (Burtonsville, Md.) with a personal season-best 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field to go along with four rebounds and a game-high five assists. Fellow senior Kyah Proctor (Capital Heights, Md.) contributed 14 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Senior Ty-Nita Baker (Houston, Miss.) came off the bench to add 10 points. Sophomore Dynaisha Christian (Pocomoke, Md.) tied her career-high in rebounds with eight and added five points.

The Bulldogs carried a 30-21 lead into intermission and made 11-of-30 first half field goals (36.7 percent), which included 31.3 percent (5-of-15) beyond the arc. Shaw managed just 6-of-22 (percent) shooting over the first 20 minutes.

With a two-point advantage before tip-off, courtesy of an administrative technical foul on Bowie State, the Lady Bears lead was short lived as BSU’s Proctor drained a 3-pointer. Shaw’s Johnson-Tyler shifted the lead back over to the Lady Bears at 4-3. The lead would change hands two more times over the next two minutes before a Colston triple tied the contest at 8-all at the 4:52 mark. The Bulldogs closed the opening quarter with a 7-1 run to take a 15-9 lead they would not relinquish for the remainder of the afternoon.

A 3-pointer from the Lady Bears’ Raquel Kellow (Conroe, Texas) pulled Shaw within three to start the second quarter but BSU started to pull away from Shaw led by a 13-5 scoring margin with 2:35 remaining in the first half. The Lady Bears would outscore the Bulldogs 4-2 in the last 2:15 to fall behind 30-21 at halftime.

Bowie State outscored Shaw in all four quarters, including a 22-12 third quarter domination that pulled the Bulldogs away from Shaw heading into the fourth.

The final quarter featured much of the same for the Lady Bears as the Bulldogs scored nine points off six Shaw turnovers. The Lady Bears would not get any closer than 17 points (64-47) for the remainder of the contest.

Shaw’s offensive struggle resulted in the Lady Bears shooting 36 percent from the floor (18-of-50), 12.5 percent from long distance (1-of-8) and just 63.2 percent from the charity stripe (12-of-19).

Shaw (3-12 / 1-3 CIAA) was led by Lervencia Johnson-Tyler’s (Many, La.) double-double of 21 points and 10 points while Tahniya Sweatt (Pasadena, Calif.) tallied 11 points in the loss.

The Bulldogs will entertain the Lady Broncos of Fayetteville State in its next conference matchup on Monday (January 8th) with game time set for 5:30 p.m.