No. 13 Shaw rallies from 12 points down in second half to defeat Lynn
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Shaw rallied from 12 points down in the second half to claim its fourth victory in six days as the Bears downed Lynn 59-57 on Wednesday at the de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center on the Lynn campus.
The Lady Bears committed 23 turnovers and shot only 33.9 percent (21 of 62). Lynn fared slightly better, committing 22 turnovers while hitting 22 of 57 shots for a 38.6 percent rate.
With the win, Shaw improved to 5-1 on the season, while Lynn fell to 7-3.
Statistically, Shaw's only clear advantage came in points off the bench, with the Lady Bears scoring 34 points versus Lynn's 15. Kearah Jeffreys had 15 off the bench for Shaw, while Whitney King added another 10.
In the first half, both teams tried to push a running game, but struggled with turnovers and fouls - as well as poor shooting. The Lady Bears committed 15 turnovers in the first half alone while Lynn had 12. As the half ended, all five of Lynn players on the court had two fouls apiece.
Neither team managed to hit 40 percent of its shots in the first, with Shaw hitting one-third of its shots and Lynn hitting 11 of 30 for a 36.7 percent rate.
Tied at six with 15:50 left in the first half, both teams failed to score in the next two minutes. Crystal Harris then hit a jumper followed by a jumper from Kearah Jeffreys to give Shaw a 10-6 lead.
The Fighting Knights battled back, scoring the next five points and claiming an 11-10 lead. With the game tied at 13, Jeffreys hit a three and followed with a jumper to give Shaw its largest lead of the half at 18-13.
With 5:26 left, Lynn's Kira Harvey capped the comeback with a 3-pointer to tie the score at 22.
With just over a minute showing on the clock, the Fighting Knights completed a fast break, with Harvey finding Shatorria Baker for a quick layup and a 27-26 lead for Lynn. The Bears answered with a free throw from Taylor Dalrymple and a layup from King to give them a 29-27 lead. Harvey closed out the scoring in the first with a single free throw that sent Shaw to the locker room at the half with a 29-28 lead.
Scoring runs were the story of the second half, as the Fighting Knights opened the period on a 12-2 scoring run, and with 14:16 left in the game, Amanda Schultz hit a layup that gave the Fighting Knights their largest lead of the game at 43.31. They eventually built a 20-8 run when Baker drained a jumper to give Lynn a 48-37 lead with 12 minutes left in the game.
Shaw then shut down the Lynn offense, forcing the Fighting Knights into some off-balance shots. In the next six minutes, Lynn missed all eight shots. When Whitney King hit a three with 6:04 left, she gave the Lady Bears a 51-48 lead.
Nearly six and a half minutes after Baker's shot, Tashina Bailey drove the lane, sinking a layup and breaking the Lynn scoring drought and cutting Shaw's lead to one. Bailey's bucket was the first of a seven-point scoring run that gave Lynn a 57-51 lead.
Over the final 93 seconds, Lynn took two more shots as the Lady Bears controlled the tempo and the ball. After Jeffreys missed the front end of a one-and-one, Zacharia Baker got the rebound for Lynn and sent the ball down court. As the buzzer sounded, Baker launched a shot from beyond the arc, but it was off the mark and the Lady Bears emerged with the 59-57 win.
Jeffreys' 15 points led the Lady Bears. Taylor Dalrymple added another 13 and King contributed 10. Dalrymple's 11 rebounds gave her a double-double in the game. She and Sequoyah Griffin led the team in assists with four apiece.