BOWIE – In a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) cross-divisional matchup, the Bowie State University women’s basketball team held off a competitive Shaw University to a 42-33 win on Jan. 18.
Senior forward Dynaisha Christian led the way for Bowie as she scored 15 points and collected 19 rebounds in her double-double outing. Junior center Talanya Hutton followed up with 12 points. Sophomore guard Tyra Sinclair led the Bears with 10 points.
Bowie State started slow and was unable to get anything going offensively until Head Coach Shadae Swan called a timeout. The results were fruitful as the Bulldogs took a five-point lead early after scoring six unanswered points.
That momentum shift was only temporary as the Bears outscored the home side, 14-7, for the rest of the first half. Bowie State maintains its advantage after redshirt sophomore center Nyamel Pinyien scored a short jumper. Shaw responded by outpacing the Bulldogs, 7-0, over the final two minutes of the first half, entering halftime with a four-point lead.
Bowie State came out renewed in the second half as they provided more defensive pressure while Hutton and Christian together scored 21 points to give the Bulldogs the lead.
They seized all momentum at that point and never looked back with an early 11-0 run. It began with Hutton tying the game up with back-to-back mid-range jumpers. After an unforced turnover from Shaw, senior forward Kyaja Williams fed Christian for a layup as their lead grew.
In the final frame, the Bears were able to cut the lead to five after a 3-pointer from junior forward Dominque Kennedy. However, that was the closest Shaw would get the rest of the game as the Bulldogs reeled off six points unanswered. The run included a floater from freshman guard Seanice Lyons as Bowie State built up a lead as large as 11 points late in the fourth quarter.
Junior guard Ariana Fleming cut the lead to seven with a layup, but the Bulldogs were able to play keep away effectively as Williams capped the win off with a layup.
With the win, the Bulldogs are now 15-2 (5-1 CIAA) while Shaw falls to 6-11 (2-7 CIAA).