WILMINGTON, Del. – Senior forward Taylor Dalrymple scored a game-high 23 points and added nine rebounds to lead 18th-ranked Shaw (6-1) to an 82-69 victory against Goldey-Beacom (8-7) at the Lightning’s Joseph West Jones College Center on Friday.
Dalrymple, who posted her second 20-point effort in the last three games, scored 13 of her 23 points in the first half as the Lady Bears jumped out to a 40-28 lead en route to the victory.
Led by seven points from junior center Crystal Gordon, the Lady Bears sprinted to a 9-4 lead in the opening 3:10 of the first half. The Lightning answered by scoring 12 of the next 17 points, including a pair of 3-pointers from senior guard Jacinda Jones to take a 16-14 lead.
Junior center Crystal Harris ignited an 8-1 spurt for the Lady Bears by scoring five consecutive points, giving Shaw a 22-17 edge with 7:24 left in the opening period.
The Lightning narrowed the gap to 24-23 on a pair of free throws by senior forward Irene Hudson, but the Lady Bears ended the period by going on a 16-5 run to take a 12-point advantage into the halftime.
Led by a pair of baskets from Hudson, the Lightning opened the second half by scoring seven points in a row to trim the deficit to 40-35. The Lady Bears answered by scoring 15 of the next 21 points to take a 50-41 advantage on a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Whitney King.
After senior guard Devonne Richardson narrowed the margin to 50-42 on a free throw with 12:53 remaining, the Lady Bears used a 9-1 surge to expand their cushion to 59-43.
From there, Shaw never trailed by fewer than 10 points en route to earning the win.
In leading Shaw to the victory, Dalrymple made 8 of 15 shots from the floor in addition to making 5 of 6 free throw attempts. Meanwhile, Gordon contributed a game-high 12 rebounds with nine points while junior forward Adana David came off the bench to score 14 points with eight rebounds.
Jones led Goldey-Beacom in a losing effort by scoring 18 points with a season-high eight rebounds. She made 4 of 8 field goal attempts in addition to 6 of 7 free throw attempts. Hudson added 13 points with five rebounds while senior guard Ashley Rosario came off the bench to score 14 points.