ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — Shatara Jackson scored a career-high 29 points and five Lady Vikings scored in double figures as Elizabeth City State stunned No. 18 Shaw 96-86 in CIAA action on Thursday.
Jackson led the way with 29 points, seven assists, three blocks and two steals in the 10-point victory. Fellow senior Stephanie Harper set a season personal best with 23 points and finished one board shy of a double-double with nine rebounds.
The Lady Vikings had their best offensive showing of the season shooting 63 percent from the floor including a 73 percent clip in the second half, which proved to be the difference in the game.
ECSU led Shaw (8-2, CIAA 0-1) by eight points on four different occasions during the first half. The Lady Bears chipped away and tied the game six times before a go-ahead jumper by Taylor Dalrymple with 39 seconds left in the first half gave the visitors a 39-37 lead at the intermission.
With 13:09 left in regulation and the score knotted at 56, the Lady Vikings broke the game open with a 14-2 run for a 70-58 advantage. The Lady Bears rallied, and cut the lead back to eight (73-65) on two free throws with 7:01 to go until a 12-6 spurt gave ECSU a 16-point lead with 2:26 remaining.
Offensively, the Lady Bears also displayed a balanced scoring attack. Like ECSU, five players landed in double figures led by Ronika Ransford who finished with a team-high 24 points.