Two-time conference champion Bulldogs release 2020 football schedule

By Demetrius Dillard/The Sports Pulse Contributor

Bulldogs are on a quest for a three-peat

BOWIE — The Bowie State University football program has recently released its 2020 football schedule.

BSU’s schedule, consisting of 10 games, will feature a few new opponents before conference matchups begin. Over the past two seasons, the Bulldogs have emerged as one of the top Division II football teams in the nation, repeating as CIAA champions in the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Head Coach Damon Wilson anticipates the competitive matchups as he and the Bulldogs look to put together another strong campaign this year.

“We’re glad to have finalized our 2020 schedule and feel we’ve been able to schedule a very competitive non-conference schedule to go along with our conference schedule,” Wilson said.

Wilson is entering his 12th year as head of the program.

“The non-conference portion of our schedule will allow us to play three teams that represent three different [D-II] conferences and are excited about the opportunities to compete against some very good programs.”

Last season, Bowie State posted an 11-1 overall record and was 7-0 in conference play. The club’s only loss last season came in the first round of the playoffs to Carson-Newman.

BSU will head up to New England for its season opener at New Haven University (Connecticut) on Sept. 5 at 1 p.m.

The following weekend, Bowie will host Saginaw Valley State in their season opener at Bulldogs Stadium. The Bulldogs, who were led by former quarterback Amir Hall in 2018 and upcoming senior quarterback Ja’rome Johnson in 2019, will conclude their non-conference schedule at Texas A&M University-Commerce on Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. CT.

The conference opener for BSU will be at Livingstone in Salisbury, N.C., on Sept. 26, which will be followed by a Homecoming showdown against Johnson C. Smith on Oct. 3 at 2 p.m.

Bowie State’s only other two home games will be against divisional opponents Virginia State on Oct. 17 and Elizabeth City State on Nov. 7 – the regular-season finale.

A Week 6 faceoff will feature BSU at Chowan on Oct. 10; On Oct. 24, the Bulldogs will play at Virginia Union before squaring off against Lincoln on Oct. 31.

Snowden becomes 2020 CIAA Bowling Player of the Year

By The Sports Pulse Staff

GREENBELT – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) along with its Bowling Coaches Association recently announced the 2020 CIAA Bowling All-Conference team and superlatives, sponsored by Hercules Tires.

The All-CIAA bowling team is highlighted by 2020 CIAA Player of the Year Cayla Snowden from Bowie State University.

Snowden participated in 26 CIAA bowling contests to finish with the highest scoring average within the CIAA at 175.08 pins per match. The sophomore nursing major is just a year removed form garnering CIAA Rookie of the Year honors last season, had the highest total pin count across three league events with 4,552. Snowden is an All-CIAA selection for the second consecutive year.

Freshman Cecilia Chafin of Fayetteville State University was named 2020 CIAA Rookie of the Year. In 22 CIAA bowling contests, Chafin recorded the second-best average in the conference at 170.50 pins per game, which led all CIAA freshmen. The first-year standout and All-CIAA selection had a total pin count of 3751 and her score of 267 at the CIAA Bowling Event II in January was the single-best game in the conference this season.

Joining Snowden and Chafin on the 2020 All-CIAA bowling team is Ishuana Anderson (JCSU), Amaree Durfee (VUU), Brittany Worthy (FSU), Trinity Black (VSU), Savannah Starling (FSU), Angel Pope (FSU), Necarri Moore (SU), and Jessie Royall (VSU). Teammates Starling and Worthy make the team for a fourth consecutive season.

Durfee earns her third consecutive selection while Pope is an all-conference selection for the second time in as many seasons. Fayetteville State leads the way with four All-CIAA selections followed by Virginia State with two. Bowie State, Johnson C. Smith, Virginia Union, and Shaw each had a selection.

Head Coach Bobby Henderson was named CIAA Coach of the Year for the fourth straight year after leading Fayetteville State to a perfect 39-0 CIAA record (24-0 in division play) this season. Henderson and the Lady Broncos also captured their 19th CIAA Southern Division title this season.

Virginia Union University secured the 2020 Dr. Freddie Vaughns Highest Team Academic Award. The Lady Panthers recorded a 3.53 team grade point average, earning the award for a third straight year.

Bowie State University claims the CIAA Northern Division title with a 30-6 conference record (22-2 in division play). The Bulldogs have won five straight CIAA Bowling Championships.

Kyaja Williams Named 2019-20 Lowe’s CIAA Senior CLASS Award Winner for Women’s Basketball

By The Sports Pulse Staff

CHARLOTTE – Bowie State University forward Kyaja Williams has recently been named the winner of the 2019-20 Lowe’s CIAA Senior CLASS Award for women’s basketball. 

The award, chosen by a combination of votes from Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) women’s basketball coaches, media and fans, is presented to the conference’s most outstanding senior student-athlete in women’s basketball. 

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the national Senior CLASS Award was launched in 2001 to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who remained committed to their university and pursued the many rewards that a senior season can bring. 

“She’s an excellent student-athlete and truly deserves the award,” said Bowie State head coach Shadae Swan. “She excels in the classroom and done a great job setting the tone and being a leader to her teammates. She’s an excellent role model and has been working hard for four years.”

Lowe’s brought the Senior CLASS Award to the CIAA to recognize student-athletes throughout the conference who excel both on and off the court. Each CIAA school had the opportunity to nominate one senior player for the award. The conference-wide winner is selected based on personal qualities that define a complete student-athlete: Classroom, Character, Community and Competition.

Williams leads the Bulldogs in points, rebounds, blocks, and steals per game, as well as minutes played. She led the conference, and all of Division II, averaging four steals per game and is No. 7 in the CIAA in blocks per game. 

Williams is one of only two players in the conference to average a double-double during the regular season with 13.9 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.

She has maintained a 3.0 career GPA and has earned dean’s list honors in her last three semesters at Bowie State while majoring in sports management.

This has truly prepared me for life,” said Williams. “Not only on the court, but it has helped me deal with obstacles placed in my way. It also taught me to remain solid. Whatever life throws at you, just keep going no matter what.”

Known as a leader both on and off the court, Williams serves as a big sister to the Bulldogs underclassmen by providing encouragement and assistance academically, athletically and personally. 

Williams exemplified excellent character also and assists with career clinics for teen parents in college, the March of Dimes walk for babies, and the Girls on the Run 5k. Williams also enjoys reading to students and contributing to local drives to donate toiletry items and canned food.

“We congratulate Kyaja for her outstanding season and for being a true trailblazer on the court and in the community,” said Lowe’s Senior Vice President of Talent Management and Diversity Janice Little. “Lowe’s is honored to partner with the CIAA to recognize Kyaja and all the finalists who are carrying on the conference’s longstanding tradition of excellence.”  

While Williams captured the 2019-20 Lowe’s CIAA Senior CLASS Award for women, Fayetteville State guard Denzell Hosch was selected as the winner for men’s basketball. Both were recognized on-court and received the prestigious trophy during the CIAA Tournament championship games in Charlotte. Little presented the Lowe’s CIAA Senior CLASS Award to Williams.

Bowie State vs. Mercy in Photos (Softball)

Check out some frames taken by The Sports Pulse Photographer Michael R. Smith during the second set of a doubleheader between Bowie State University and Mercy College on March 1, 2020. The Lady Bulldogs could not muster enough offense in this one and fell 22-5.

Kyaja Williams named CIAA Defensive Player of the Year

BSU women fall in CIAA Championship

By Demetrius Dillard/The Sports Pulse Contributing Writer

BOWIE – Kyaja Williams has become a vital part of the Bowie State University women’s basketball team’s success this season, so it came as no surprise for the forward to receive numerous honors from the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). 

Receiving the CIAA Defensive Player of the Year award and being named to the All-CIAA team earlier this week has cemented Williams’ place among Bowie State’s most prolific athletes, past and present.

Also, Williams has fostered several conference player of the week honors. She was named to the CIAA All-Rookie Team and BSU Female Athlete of the Year as a freshman and made the All-CIAA team for the second consecutive season.

The 5-foot-8 forward hails from Baltimore and is a former Western High School standout. She led the Bulldogs to a 22-4 overall record in the regular season that included a 12-3 record in conference play.

From the time Williams first entered the program for the 2016-17 season, her role increased. This year, in particular, she has paced the Bulldogs, averaging team-highs of 14.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game along with 26 blocks and a CIAA-best 110 steals.

While she may be relatively undersized for her position, Williams has consistently found a way to snag rebounds over larger opponents and make timely defensive stops to lift her team to victory. 

“Majority of the times, I know that I can outjump a lot of people, so it’s more like a timing thing,” Williams said of her rebounding ability. “Also, it comes with just hustling, wanting to go get it honestly, just going to get the ball.”

Her will to win, along with the support of her teammates, has propelled BSU (25-4) to a spot in the Division II national rankings. Fifth-year Head Coach Shadae Swan has relied heavily on Williams to bring energy and a competitive edge as a team captain. Thus far, Williams has functioned perfectly in her role.

Bowie State University head coach Shadae Swan. Courtesy photo.

“She’s like a little energizer bunny. She always comes out with a lot of energy, like she’s the motor that keeps us going,” Swan said of Williams.

“So, no matter what – whether she’s having a great game or a bad day – we know that she’s going to come out, that she’s going to play defense, she’s going to rebound…I don’t think there’s anyone who can match her heart, and she goes out every day and leaves it on the court.”

Most recently, Williams led an 11-0 late-game comeback effort that culminated with a buzzer-beating layup to propel the Bulldogs to a 48-47 CIAA quarterfinal tournament win over Johnson C. Smith on Feb. 27 at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte. Williams once again led the way with 12 points and 10 boards for BSU.

Guard Shawnkia McCallum registered a game-high 13 points to go with six rebounds and two assists, and Williams pulled down a team-high seven boards to fuel Bowie State to a 53-41 tournament semifinal win over conference foe Virginia Union to send the Bulldogs back to the title game for the first time since 2018.

Lady Bulldogs drop CIAA championship match to Fayetteville State

Fayetteville State and Bowie State split the regular-season series, and a win in the CIAA title game would have not only broken the tiebreaker but would have been the Bulldogs’ first conference championship since 1999.

BSU managed to rally back from a first-quarter deficit and take a narrow lead early in the third, but FSU forced a series of late-game turnovers and capitalized on the offensive end to end the quarter on a 9-3 scoring run.

The Broncos sustained that momentum throughout the fourth quarter and was powered by Shantel Bennett’s 24 points, four assists and four steals, and Katisha Hyman’s 20 points and five steals to pull away with a 61-53 victory over the Bulldogs at Bojangles’ Coliseum.

“Playing three games in a row, we started to get a little fatigued,” Head Coach Shadae Swan said after the loss, which sets Bowie at 25-5 overall. “We didn’t have the same energy. Every time we made a run, they made a run in return. We didn’t play our best today.”

Kyaja Williams led the way for the Bulldogs with 14 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, and five steals. In addition to Defensive Player of the Year honors, the forward also won the Lowe’s CIAA Senior Class Award.

Hoping to put this loss behind them, BSU will now await the rankings and brackets for the Division II playoffs. After being eliminated early last year, the Bulldogs hope to make a deeper postseason push this time around.

“This is a tough loss,” Swan added. “But if we play the way that we’ve been playing, we can go far in the NCAA Tournament.”

BSU Women survive and advance again in CIAA Tournament

By Bowie State University Athletics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – CIAA Defensive Player of the Year Kyaja Williams stepped up big on offense to give nationally-ranked Bowie State an improbable win.

Williams produced 12 points and 10 rebounds including a layup as time expired to give Bowie State a 48-47 women’s basketball quarterfinal victory over Johnson C. Smith in the CIAA Tournament at the Spectrum Center on Thursday (2/27). Her basket capped a furious rally for the Bulldogs, who trailed by 10 points with two minutes left.

The Bulldogs (23-4 overall), seeded third in the Northern Division, will square off against Northern Division top seed Virginia Union, the two-time defending conference champion, in a semifinal matchup on Friday at 3 p.m. This will be the third meeting between the two CIAA titans, but everybody’s mind was on how Bowie State pulled out the win against Johnson C. Smith, seeded second in the Southern Division. Both BSU and JCSU split during the regular season.

The Golden Bulls (17-10 overall) kept the Bulldogs, ranked 25th in the D2SIDA National Poll, at bay much of the game. It appeared JCSU was about to finish off its opponent when All-CIAA player Le’Zarea Bowens scored on a layup for a 47-37 lead around the two-minute mark.

The situation was bleak for the Bulldogs, but they suddenly came to life, finishing the contest on an 11-0 run capped Williams’ layup. During that stretch, the Bulldogs forced several turnovers that aided their rally. For the contest, they scored 24 points on 27 Golden Bulls’ miscues.

“We turned it up the last two minutes of the game and played with some heart,” said Bowie State Head Coach Shadae Swan, who gained her 100th coaching victory. “We started slow, and I believe reality set in the fourth quarter that we were losing. We were able to get some stops on defense and score on offense.”

After JCSU was called for a charging foul, the Bulldogs inbounded the ball at midcourt following a timeout. They missed an open layup on their first attempt put retained possession after the ball went out of bounds with 2.2 seconds left.

Williams was posting her defender when she received the in-bound pass in the paint. After spinning inside near the goal, she lofted the ball softly over the rim. It bounced a couple of times before falling through, setting off a celebration on the Bowie State bench.

Williams saw no irony in scoring the winning basket even though she is well-known for her defensive prowess. She sees herself as total player, capable of producing on offense and defense.

JCSU Head Coach Stephen Joyner, Jr. says her mindset is why she came through for the Bulldogs at the end. He lamented the fact that the Golden Bulls let the contest slip away after leading nearly the entire game. The final score was Bowie State’s first lead since a 5-4 score early in the first period.

“We choked. Bottom line,” Joyner said. “I don’t know how else to explain it. I take full responsibility for it. Hats off to Bowie.”

Talanya Hutton added 11 points and Chyna Butler scored 10 points for the Bulldogs, who won despite shooting 29.9 percent from the floor. Bowens tallied a double-double for JCSU with 17 points and 12 rebounds and Aubriana Bonner added 13 points. Alexxus Sowell collected 10 rebounds for the Golden Bulls, who shot 38.3 percent.

Bowens posted seven points and six rebounds in the first half as the Golden Bulls charged out to a seven-point first period lead and stretched it to 21-12 at halftime. The Golden Bulls relied on defense to build a working margin, holding the Bulldogs to 16.1 percent shooting.

JCSU shot 46.2 percent in the first period to set the tempo, but both teams cooled off considerably in the second period. Both teams combined for three field goals as the Bulldogs shot 12.5 percent and the Golden Bulls made 10 percent of their shots.

Bonner added five points for the Golden Bulls in the first half. Hutton scored four points and Williams pulled down 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs.

The second half was all Golden Bulls until the last two minutes when Bulldogs started their late rally.

“We had to keep pushing,” Butler said. “The game is not over until the fourth quarter is over.”

The Bulldogs proved that.

BSU Women trounce Shaw in first Day of CIAA tournament

Bowie State Men gear up for Livingstone today

By Daniel Kucin Jr.
The Sports Pulse

GREENBELT – The Bowie State women’s basketball team defeated Shaw University, 73-47 in the opening round game of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The No. 3 Lady Bulldogs of the North Division, improved to 23-4 while the No. 6 Bears (South Division) conclude their season with a 6-21 record. Bowie State advances to the quarterfinal game on Thursday, where they will face No. 2 Johnson C. Smith University, the No. 2 seed. The game will tipoff at 3:00 p.m. at the Spectrum Center.

CIAA Defensive Player of the Year Kyaja Williams led Bowie with 22 points, 13 rebounds and six steals. Shankia McCallum tallied 16 points while Drew Calhoun scored in double figures with 13 points.

Dejoria Howard led the Bears with 22 points while Ariana Fleming added 11 points and scrounged up six steals. Howard and Amani Moxley had five rebounds apiece to lead the Bears.

Shaw scored the first nine points of the contest before going on a 10-2 run to pull the Bulldogs within one 11-10. Fleming scored their last two Shaw baskets of the quarter to extend the Bears lead to four 15-11.
Williams gave the Bulldogs their first lead of the game, 17-16 with a layup at the 5:52 mark of the second quarter, capping off a 6-1 run by the Bulldogs.

Howard countered with a three-point basket to reclaim the lead for the Bears, 19-17, with 5:35 remaining. Bowie State came back with a 10-3 run to take their largest lead at 27-22 with just 1:06 left in the quarter. The Bears, however, battled back, scoring the final four points of the period to trail by one at the break 27-26.

Bowie State turned up the defense in the first five minutes of the third quarter, forcing seven turnovers and producing a 14-4 run to take a 41-30 lead heading into the media timeout. Williams (five points, two steals) and Dynaisha Christian (four points) were the catalysts in the Bulldog run. Shaw cut the lead to seven before Bowie State closed out the quarter with a 5-0 run to take a 48-36 lead heading into the final ten minutes of action.

The Bulldogs continued to pull away in the fourth quarter, extending their lead to as many as 28 points before closing out the game with the 73-47 win. Bowie State will take on Johnson C. Smith on Thursday (2/28) at 3 p.m.

As for the Bowie State Men, they will play tonight (Feb. 26) against Livingstone College at 12:10. The Bears are averaging 81 points per game, but are also allowing 81.1 points per game as well. In the 52nd meeting between both teams, Bowie State leads the series 31-20, and both sides split games this season (1-1).

BSU Men’s and Women’s teams No. 3 seed in upcoming CIAA Basketball Tourney

By The Sports Pulse Staff

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) has recently announced the brackets for its 2020 Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The single-elimination tournament will be held in two venues again this year: Bojangles’ Coliseum February 25-26 and Spectrum Center February 27-29.

Virginia Union solidified the women’s Northern Division title and the top seed in the division with a win over Virginia State on Saturday and finished the regular season with a 13-2 conference record. 

By virtue of a coin toss, Lincoln (PA) receives the no. 2 seed in the North ahead of Bowie State, who will be the no. 3 seed, after both teams finished with a 12-3 record in league play.

As a reminder, the conference’s tiebreaker record is as follows: divisional record, head-to-head competition, head-to-head point differential, and a coin toss.

Elizabeth City State will be the no. 4 seed followed by Virginia State as the no. 5 seed in the division.

In the women’s Southern Division, Fayetteville State University clinched the title and the top seed with a 15-2 conference record. Johnson C. Smith University finishes in the no. 2 spot at 12-5 while Winston-Salem State University comes in as the no.3 seed with an 8-9 record in conference play.

Rounding out the rest of the seeds in the division are Livingstone at no. 4 and Saint Augustine’s at no. 5 followed by Shaw and Claflin at no. 6 and no. 7, respectively.

The Women’s Tournament will tip-off Tuesday, February 25 at 10:00 a.m. with Elizabeth City State vs. Saint Augustine’s. Other women’s contests on Tuesday include: 12:10 p.m. Bowie State vs. Shaw, 2:20 p.m. Livingstone vs. Virginia State, and 4:30 p.m. Winston-Salem State vs. Claflin.

In the quarterfinals, Fayetteville State will await the winner between Elizabeth City State and Saint Augustine’s for a 2:20 p.m. tipoff on Wednesday while Virginia Union will await the winner of Livingstone and Virginia State for their 4:30 p.m. contest. On Thursday, Lincoln (PA) will play the winner of Winston-Salem State and Claflin while the winner between Bowie State and Shaw will advance to face Johnson C. Smith at 3 p.m.

The men’s Northern Division was clinched by Virginia State, who finished with a 12-3 conference record. The Trojans are followed by no. 2 Virginia Union and no. 3 Bowie State who close out the regular season at 11-4 and 8-7, respectively. Lincoln (PA) comes in at no. 4 with a 5-10 record in league play followed by Elizabeth City State as the fifth seed with a 4-11 record.

In the Southern Division, Johnson C. Smith and Winston-Salem State share the division title with identical conference records of 13-4 but the Golden Bulls receive the top seed by virtue of the divisional record tiebreaker. Coming in with a 10-7 record is the three seed Fayetteville State followed by no. 4 Claflin, who sport a 9-8 record in league play. Despite their matching 5-12 records, Saint Augustine’s gets the nod over Livingstone for the fifth seed based on the divisional record tiebreaker. Shaw is the no. 7 seed in the division with a record of 2-15 in conference play.

The Men’s Tournament will tip-off Tuesday at 6:40 p.m. with Lincoln vs. Saint Augustine’s followed by Claflin vs. Elizabeth City State at 8:50 p.m. Men’s quarterfinal action will begin on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. with Fayetteville State taking on Shaw followed by Bowie State vs. Livingstone at 12:10 p.m. Virginia State will play the winner of Claflin and Elizabeth City State at 6:40 p.m. on Wednesday and Johnson C. Smith will face the winner of Lincoln vs. Saint Augustine’s at 8:50 p.m. The quarterfinals continue on Thursday as Virginia Union takes on the Fayetteville State/Shaw winner at 7 p.m. while Winston-Salem State takes on the winner of Bowie State and Livingstone at 9 p.m.

All games will be broadcast on the CIAA Sports Network (https://theciaasn.com/) with the final eight games also being shown on Aspire TV.

Bowie State Bulldogs struggle in 59-44 loss at Virginia Union

By Bowie State University Athletics

RICHMOND, Va . – The Bowie State University women’s basketball team were outmatched in tonight’s (Feb. 19) CIAA showdown, losing a crucial Northern Division contest 59-44 defeat to Virginia Union University.

Junior Talanya Hutton (Seat Pleasant, Md.) led the Bulldogs in scoring with 12 points while senior Kyaja Williams (Baltimore, Md.) scored nine points but grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. The Bulldogs are now 21-4 (11-3 CIAA / 5-2 North) while VUU moves to 21-3 (12-2 CIAA / 5-2 North).

The Bulldogs had a tough time throughout the game with miscues in nearly every offensive category of the game. Bowie State made just 16 field goals in the game and shot just 28.6 percent (16-of-56) in the game, including shooting just 21.1 percent (4-of-21) behind the three-point line. The struggle continued once again for BSU from free-throw line after going 8-of-14 (57.1 percent).

The Lady Panthers took control of the game with a big first half effort. Bowie State allowed 20 points in the first period. VUU took an early 8-2 lead after Peyton Evans layup at 7:32. Williams cut the Panthers lead 14-6 after converting a layup. The Bulldogs would only score one basket the rest of the way while Virginia Union continued its dominance to end the quarter on top 20-8.

Dy’manee Royal opened the second period with a layup from Breonn Hughey’s assist while the Bulldogs managed just three points in the period until Chyna Butler’s layup at 1:49. McNeill’s deep ball extended VUU’s lead to 33-14 before Okoye’s layup right before the half gave the Lady Panthers a commanding 35-16 lead.

Talanya Hutton led the Bulldogs with 12 Points. Photo by Yusuf Abdullah

Hutton and Dynaisha Christian back to back layup got the Bulldogs going in the third period, cutting the Lady Panthers lead to 35-20 with 8:57 remaining. Hutton followed that up with a three-pointer forcing VUU to grab a 30 second timeout. The lady Panthers then went an 8-3 run after the timeout after McNeill’s layup. The Bulldogs were outmatched in almost every category after allowing 36-22 points in the paint and 24-8 fast break points.

The Bulldogs did however come out with an improved offensive effort in the fourth quarter, but the team could not stop the hot shooting of the Lady Panthers that pulled away late. Although BSU outscored VUU 14-13 in the third and 14-11 in the fourth, the damage was already done during the first two stanzas.

Shamika McNeill had game-high 21 points while teammates Peyton Evans and Ifunanya Okoye both chipped in 10 points each for Virginia Union.

After three straight road games, Bowie State will return home for the final regular season game on Saturday (2/22) and will take on Lincoln University of Pennsylvania on Senior Day. Tipoff is slated for 2:00 p.m.

Bowie State Softball drops Non-Conference Doubleheader at Shaw

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Bowie State University softball team could not find its rhythm on Saturday (2/15) and dropped a non-conference doubleheader at Shaw University, 9-5 and 5-3.  The losses drop the Bulldogs to 0-4 on the season.

Junior Morgan White (Baltimore, Md.) paced the Bulldogs with a team-high three hits over the two games while six other Bowie State players tallied two hits each. Sophomore Shanya Gordon (Elkridge, Md.) along with freshman Monet Brown (Los Angeles, Calif.) were responsible for a pair of RBI each and sophomore Brooke Ware (Upper Marlboro, Md.) scored two runs on the afternoon.

In game one, each team scored a run in the opening inning before Shaw pushed one across the dish in the bottom of the 2nd inning to take a 2-1 lead.

After a scoreless 3rd inning, Bowie State pulled even at 2-2 in the top of the 4th inning. However, the Shaw Lady Bears put five runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the 4th inning to give the home team some breathing room at 7-2.

The Bulldogs trimmed the Lady Bears lead to 7-4 in the top half of the 5th inning only to see the Lady Bears match Bowie State’s run production to maintain a five-run cushion.

Bowie State was able to add one more run in the top pf the 6th inning but would get no closer to finish game one with 9-5 setback. Freshman Seaaira Yiengst (Port Charlotte, Fla.) took the loss in the circle.

The second game of the afternoon was much closer. The Shaw Lady Bears scored first in the nightcap in the bottom of the 1st inning and the Bowie State Bulldogs evened the score at 1-all in the top of the 2nd inning.

Shaw would take the lead for good in the bottom of the 3rd inning, plating three for a 4-1 advantage.

The Bulldogs and Lady Bears would match each-others run total in the 5th inning and Bowie State managed a run in the top of the 7th inning to account for the final margin of 5-3.

Brown pitched five innings in game two, allowed eight hits and struck out two in the loss.

Bowie State will try to get into the win column on Friday (Feb. 21), when they face Miles College in the Bulldogs’ opening game of the CIAA/SIAC Challenge in Spartanburg, S.C.