The Shaw University Bears, who won two Division II Atlantic Regional women’s basketball titles at Edinboro in 2011 and 2012 and won the NCAA championship the latter season, won their fourth straight CIAA championship Saturday with a 73-70 victory over Fayetteville State.
The Lady Bears (21-8), No. 8 in the latest Atlantic Region rankings, guaranteed a fourth straight appearance in the NCAA tournament. On Friday, Shaw nipped No. 11 Virginia State (25-2) 60-59 in the semifinals in Charlotte, N.C., Virginia State’s only two defeats coming to the Bears.
Shaw, coached by Jacques Curtis, has won 9 of the past 12 tournament titles.
Fayeteville State, often a tournament team, fell to 21-7 and most likely eliminated from the 8-team Atlantic Regional.
CIAA Tournament Most Valuable Player, Kamiya Burwell, led the Lady Bears with 18 points in the final. All-Tournament member Diamond Mitchell along with Ariel Hatcher each had 14 points while 6-4 junior Verdine Warner, also an all-tourney member, had 10 points for the Lady Bears. Warner has more than 75 blocked shots as one of Division II’s leaders.
In 2012-13, Shaw had several injuries and were ousted in the first round of the Atlantic Regional by Glenville State, the regional played at Gannon.
– Bob Jarzomski