The Lady Hawks (1-1) were able to build a first half lead of 11 points with 4:16 remaining in the half, 23-12, before a run by the Lady Panthers knotted the score at 27 for the break.
Shorter was led by Kristin Nash with 12 points in the first half, along with Shelby Farrer who had eight rebounds to start the game. The second half would prove to be just as strong for the two players.
Clark Atlanta (2-3) was able to outshoot the Lady Hawks, 41 percent to 35 percent, but they were undone by going 0-for-10 from long range. Shorter was able to hit five 3-pointers to take advantage of the outside looks that were presented.
Nash would hit three of the 3-pointers on her way to scoring 17 points and pulling down five rebounds. She was also a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
The Lady Hawks would go 19-for-31 from the line, compared to the 5-for-11 for Clark Atlanta.
Farrer would end the night with a double-double in the home opener, 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Lynette Harris, Tamarr Williams, and Chelsi Matthews would all record five rebounds, helping the Lady Hawks get the 45-43 edge on the glass.
Karisma Boykin, coming off of a 20-point performance at Columbus State, scored 10 points while dishing four assists.
Peeples would add four assists, with her 3-pointer accounting for her only points on the night.
The two teams will play again on December 8 at Clark Atlanta, with tip-off set for 3 p.m.
The Lady Hawks will host Gulf South Conference rival West Alabama on Thursday at the Winthrop-King Centre with a 6 p.m. start time.
This game will mark the first home game for the Lady Hawks against a foe from the GSC while playing a conference schedule.
SHORTER MEN 117,
COLLEGE OF FAITH 56
In a game that showed the prowess of the Hawks, Shorter was able to cruise to a victory over the College of Faith, 117-56.
None of the game starters played more than ten minutes, with Shorter (4-1) leading 38-8, and none in the second half.
Shorter outshot the opponent 63 percent to 34 percent, while going 19-for-35 from behind the arc.
Daniel Howell hit five 3-pointers, on his way to scoring a team high 24 points for the freshman from Athens.
Austin Pearson, another freshman, added four 3-pointers while scoring 18 points.
Brandon Wright played 30 minutes off the bench and was able to record the double-double, 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Shorter was able to win the rebounding battle, 47-23.
Devance Harris helped the cause with nine boards, seven coming on the defensive glass.
Dedric Ware had a game high six assists, while only playing seven minutes. Blake Selland had five assists to lead the rest of the team, while playing a season high 28 minutes.
Brandon Pullman was able to score 12 points to start the game, while only seeing eight minutes of action.
The Hawks defense held the College of Faith offense to six field goals in the first half, while only making 20 percent of their shots being held to 18 points.
Dacus Watkins was able to make three of the six first half shots, and he also had a productive second half. After the intermission, Watkins was able to convert eight more field goals including seven 3-pointers. Watkins led all scorers for the game with 30 points, including eight from 3, while playing all 40 minutes.
The Hawks return to the Winthrop-King Centre on Thursday when Gulf South Conference rival West Alabama visits for an 8 p.m. tip-off.