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MARQUEE MATCHUP OF THE WEEK:



# 18 Shaw Lady Bears (8-1) at Elizabeth City State Lady Vikings (8-2) Thursday January 3

With the non-conference portion of the schedule complete, CIAA conference action kicks off in earnest this week. 2013 kicks off with the first of many key regular season matchups as teams jockey for position with an eye on postseason play. After winning the national championship and the CIAA title last season, the Shaw Lady Bears will go into each game with a bull’s-eye planted firmly on their backs and teams clamoring to deal the CIAA’s most dominant program a loss. Elizabeth City State gets the first shot at trying to take down the 18th ranked Lady Bears when they host Shaw on Thursday at the Vaughn Center. After closing out last season by losing seven of their last nine games, the Lady Vikings have begun with a strong 8-2 start with their two losses coming on the road at the hands of Bloomfield and Division I Maryland-Eastern Shore by a combined eight points. The Lady Vikings average 73.6 points per game and feature a balanced scoring attack with six players averaging at least seven points per game. All-CIAA forward Stephanie Harper leads ECSU in scoring (11.6 ppg) and rebounding (6.6 rpg). Shaw has won seven straight following a win over Felician College on Sunday. Like ECSU, the Lady Bears have a variety of scoring options with seven players averaging 8.0 points per game or better. Senior Taylor Dalrymple has emerged as a dominant inside presence for the Lady Bears. The 6-1 forward averages 15.2 points and 8.5 rebounds, both tops on the team. In Shaw’s 63-44 win over Assumption on Saturday, Dalrymple dominated, scoring 25 points and pulling down 16 rebounds, both game highs. The Lady Bears are averaging 76.4 points a game and are one of the best rebounding teams in the nation, out rebounding opponents by nearly 17 boards a game. Game time is scheduled for 5:30pm.



HOT HANDS:

Shaw Lady Bears:

Kearah Jeffreys, Jr. Guard, 5-4 (11.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.2 apg), Ronika Ransford, Jr. Point Guard, 5-6 (12.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.8 apg), Crystal Harris, Sr. Center, 6-1 (8.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg), Taylor Dalrymple, Sr. Forward, 6-1 (15.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.9 apg)



Elizabeth City State Lady Vikings:

Stephanie Harper, Forward, 5-11 Sr. (11.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.4 apg), Shatara Jackson, Guard, 5-9 Sr. (10.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.4 apg, 3.2 spg), Jasmine Whitehurst, Guard, 5-9 Jr. (9.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.0 apg), Shawnte Taylor, Forward, 5-11 Sr. Forward (9.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg)



LAST TIME OUT:

Shaw University 74 Felician College 66

Sequoyah Griffin, Kearah Jeffreys, and Crystal Wilson all scored in double figures as Shaw defeated Felician 74-66 in the second round of the D.C. Winter Classic held at the University of the District of Columbia. Griffin scored 15 points, while Wilson and Jeffreys finished with 11 points apiece as the Lady Bears won their seventh straight game. Taylor Dalrymple added 9 points, 7 rebounds and led the Lady Bears with five assists.

Elizabeth City State 61 Virginia University-Lynchburg 43

Four Lady Vikings scored in double figures as Elizabeth City State picked up a 61-43 win over Virginia University of Lynchburg Tuesday night at the RL Vaughan Center. Stephanie Harper led the way with 14 points. Dashera Boone added 13 while Shatara Jackson and Shawnte Taylor each chipped in with 10 as the Lady Vikings improved to 8-2 heading into the new year.



LAST MEETING:

In their only matchup last season on January 16, 2012, Shaw edged the Lady Vikings 74-72.


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