By Matt Green
ATLANTA -- Kristin Nash poured in 15 points to lead four Lady Hawks in double figures and help visiting Shorter to a 67-56 non-league victory over Clark Atlanta on Saturday afternoon.
The win, Shorter's second over Clark Atlanta in 13 days, evens the Lady Hawks' record to 3-3 with one game remaining before the holiday break. The Lady Panthers (3-5) fell for the fourth time in their last five outings, a slide that includes a 64-61 loss to Shorter at the Winthrop-King Centre on November 26.
Karisma Boykin tallied 14 points, five rebounds and a game-high seven assists for Shorter, which shot a sizzling 59 percent in the second half to overcome a 28-27 halftime deficit. The Lady Hawks shot 44 percent for the game and forced 18 Clark Atlanta turnovers -- 10 in the second half as Shorter outscored the Lady Panthers 40-28 to pull away for the win.
Shorter used an early second half run to get some breathing room, then held off several late charges from the hosts to snag the victory.
The Lady Hawks embarked on a 10-2 spurt powered by four points and an assist from Nash to turn a 34-all tie into a 44-36 lead with 11:32 remaining.
Clark Atlanta answered with an 11-3 run and tied the game at 47 on Conisha Hicks' steal and layup at the 6:18 mark, but Boykin, who had 10 points in Shorter's win over CAU two weeks ago, connected on a baseline runner and a 3-pointer from the corner on Shorter's next two possessions to put the Lady Hawks up 54-49.
Shorter would never relinquish the lead.
Much like the November matchup between the teams, Shorter and Clark Atlanta traded blows throughout a closely contested first half.
Shorter's led by as much as five in the opening 20 minutes, but Clark Atlanta held Shorter to 33 percent shooting while outrebounding the Lady Hawks 23-19 in the opening stanza to take its one-point lead into the halftime locker room.
Farrer and Ieshia Alexander finished with 12 points apiece for the Lady Hawks. Both Farrer and Lynette Harris pulled eight boards as Shorter turned the tide on the glass in the second half and finished with a 37-36 rebounding edge.
Hicks paced Clark Atlanta with 15 points, but shot just 7-for-17 and turned the ball over five times. La'Quisha Lewis grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for the Lady Panthers.
Shorter will return to the hardwood on Thursday, December 13 when it travels to Albany State for a 6 pm tip.