RICHMOND, VA – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (3-5) couldn't find an answer for a tough Virginia Union (2-4) Lady Panthers team that clicked on all cylinders, Saturday evening. The usually potent Lady Rams were held to just 57 points in the loss, while allowing the Lady Panthers to shoot a scorching hot 55.8% from the field in the game.
The Lady Rams found things tough at both ends of the court as the team shot just 29.9% from the floor in the game. The lone bright spot for the Lady Rams came in rebounding as the team totaled 48 rebounds to the Lady Panthers' 27. WSSU freshman forward Niya Phillips led the Lady Rams' scoring effort with nine points and five rebounds in the game. Junior forward LaQuanda Williams also had a strong day with seven points and eight rebounds.
The WSSU struggles began early as the team fell into a 9-2 deficit in the first four minutes of the game. The team was able to rally back, however, as a Phillips score at the 13:51 mark capped an 8-0 WSSU run and gave the Lady Rams a 10-9 lead. The Lady Rams were able to keep things close for much of the half, keeping the Lady Panthers with one point, 14-13 midway through the half. However, the team faded late with VUU mounting an 18-6 run and left the Lady Rams trailing 32-19 at the half.
The Lady Rams' struggles continued in the second half as an early 14-6 VUU surge left the Lady Rams trailing 46-26 with 13:17 left in the game. The Lady Rams would stop the run, and were able to pull within 12 points, 51-39 on a lay-up by senior forward Jordhan Peterson. The Lady Rams would bring their deficit down to 10 points, 61-51 with just over three minutes left to play, but the Lady Rams would never get any closer as VUU pulled away with a 14-6 run that sealed the 75-57 Lady Rams loss.
With the loss, the Lady Rams fall to 3-5. The team will return to the road for their next action as they take part in the 2011 Herb Sims Classic hosted by Bluefield State College. For more information on Lady Rams basketball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.