|Shaw on verge of third in a row|
|Bears earn spot in women's title game|
|Published Friday, March 1, 2013 10:49 pm|
A 34-12 scoring run in the final 14 minutes of the second half propelled Shaw to a 76-61 victory over Elizabeth City State in the semifinals of the CIAA tournament on Friday afternoon at Time Warner Cable Arena.
The win advances the Bears, who outscored the Vikings 41-26 in the second half, to their third straight CIAA championship game, where they will meet Fayetteville State at 5 p.m. Saturday. The Broncos defeated Virginia Union in the other semifinal.
The Bears (24-4) placed four players in double figures. Crystal Harris led the way with 17 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. Isayra Diaz and Taylor Dalrymple had 15 points apiece. Dalrymple also pulled down 10 rebounds. Crystal Wilson finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
"It was the type of game that we expected," said Shaw head coach Jacques Curtis. "Elizabeth City was one of the better teams in the conference so we expected the type of game that we had today. We just feel blessed that we came out victorious."
The Vikings (24-4), the top seed in the North Division, led by Shatara Jackson with 14 points. DaShera Boone added 12 points while Shawnte Taylor contributed 11 in the loss.
"It was a hard fought game tonight and my kids played it to the very end," said Elizabeth City State coach Alico Dunk. "Shaw was very deserving of the win. They dominated the glass and they made free throws. At this time of the year, it comes down to limiting your turnovers, rebounding the basketball and knocking down your free throws and they did a good job at that."
The Bears got off to a fast start. Crystal Gordon's jumper with seven seconds on the shot clock gave the Bears an 8-0 cushion with 17:29 remaining in the first half. Elizabeth City State responded with a 16-7 run to build a 16-15 lead capped off with a layup from Jackson at the 12:07 mark.
The Bears answered with a 9-3 run to take a 24-19 advantage, thanks to a deep three-pointer from Chelsey Pinkstaff with 9:10 remaining.
The Vikings retaliated with a 9-4 run to tie the contest at 28 after a layup from De'Rya Wylie at the 4:55 mark. On the other end, Diaz buried a jumper 25 seconds later to give the Bears a 30-28 lead.
The Vikings went on another 7-0 run to build a five-point edge. With 3:02 remaining in the period, Boone buried a three-pointer to give ECSU a 35-30 lead.
The Bears closed out the first half on a 5-0 run. A bucket by Harris with nine seconds left tied the game at 35 apiece.
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