The Lady Golden Bulls of Johnson C. Smith beat the defending CIAA women's champions today.
The two squads met in the finals last year, but this time, the outcome was different.
One thing was obvious about this game, Shaw wasn't the same team they were last year. The hard playing, girls are gone as the Golden Bulls had their way with the defending champions. With 9:47 left in first half JCSU was up 18 to 7.
Shaws cheerleaders, like their offense, showed up late in the first half. With 6:25 to go, the score was 23 to 11. Shaw cut the lead to five with 4:20 to go in the first half, showing signs of the team that beat the Golden Bulls in the finals last year. As a part of the CIAA urge to keep fans in their seats during halftime, there were performances by unknown singers and rappers. But the highlight of halftime was the Lets Make a Deal game where fans won tee shirts, Amtrak tickets and a Food Lion gift card.
In the postgame interview, Shaw head coach Jacques Curtis said, he didn't want to take anything away from JC Smith, but "we never practiced playing eight on five."
"There were a lot of calls that went their way," he said.
While Shaw goes home, the Golden Bulls will move on to the semi-finals on Friday.