Pirates Hold Off Second-Half Shaw Rally For 74-65 Win On Friday

Pirates Hold Off Second-Half Shaw Rally For 74-65 Win On Friday

MORROW, Ga. - The Armstrong State University women's basketball team withstood a second-half rally from Shaw University, picking up a 74-65 victory on Friday afternoon at the 2016 Heritage Bank Classic in Morrow, Ga.

The Pirates even their record at 4-4 with the victory over the Bears, who fall to 2-5 on the season. Armstrong State will wrap up action in the Classic, which is being hosted by Clayton State University, by facing Chowan at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Armstrong State hit three late three-pointers to take a 21-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Pirates maintained their lead into the break, leading 39-27 at halftime, then extended that lead to 19 points, 56-37, on a three-pointer by senior Deundria Clark with 4:40 left in the third quarter.

Shaw began to chip back into the lead by going on a 10-0 run over the rest of the quarter to cut the lead to 56-47 at the end of the 3rd, then continued that run into the fourth quarter, outscoring the Pirates 10-4 to cut the lead to four points, 61-57, with 6:45 left in the contest. 

A three-pointer by junior Mercedes Jenkins and a three-point play by Clark quickly pushed the lead back out to 10 points, 67-57, with 5:47 left and the Pirates never let the Bears get closer than seven points the rest of the way.

The Pirates placed five players in double figures, led by 15 points apiece from juniors Machala Raymonville and Kasey Drayton. Senior Jessica Doyle added 14 points, while Clark and Jenkins each collected 13 points. 

Shaw was led by Stephanie Custodio's game-high 20 points and Biana Maxwell's double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds.

The Pirates finished the contest shooting 37.5 percent from the floor (30-of-80) while hitting 10-of-27 three-pointers (37 percent) and 4-of-7 free throws (57.1 percent). Shaw shot 36.8 percent (25-of-68) but hit just eight of 30 three-pointers (26.7 percent) and hit 7-of-11 free throws (63.6 percent). Shaw won the rebounding battle, 51-46, but committed 19 turnovers, compared to just nine for the Pirates.