WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (7-5, 2-0 CIAA) won their fourth straight game when they defeated the Virginia Union Lady Panthers, 68-45, Saturday evening. The win was a big one for the Lady Rams as the team remained undefeated in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play and remained a perfect 3-0 at home.
Winston-Salem State head women's basketball coach Stephen Joyner, Jr. was pleased with the win and sees the potential for great things by the 2011-12 Lady Rams team. "This was another great win for our program tonight! Our first half effort is a sign of what's to come from this team," Joyner said following the win. "[Junior guard Jasmine] Newkirk, [senior guard Courtney] Medley, and [junior forward LaQuanda] Williams must continue lead the way for us to be successful."
The Lady Rams dominated every aspect of the game, shooting a stellar 50.0% from the floor while forcing Virginia Union to shoot just 26.0% from the floor and forcing 28 VUU turnovers. The Lady Rams also controlled the paint in the game with 43 rebounds in the game. Senior guard Courtney Medley led the way for the Lady Rams with 21 points while junior forward LaQuanda Williams added 10 points in the game. One of the team's top efforts came from freshman forward Monique Williams who recorded her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lady Rams took control of the game early with a dominating first half effort. After jumping out to an early 16-6 lead with just over 13 minutes left in the half, the team continued to push, taking their lead to as many as 24 points in the final minutes of the half and taking a 42-18 score into the locker room at halftime. For the half, the Lady Rams shot 50%.
The second half saw the Lady Rams continue to control the game, but the team had to fight off a Virginia Union team that fought hard for all 20 minutes of the half. The Lady Rams held off the Lady Panthers, but saw their lead fall to under 20 points, 58-39, with just under five minutes left to play. However, the Lady Rams would never relent as the team never allowed their lead to fall under 19 points and held on for the 68-45 win.
With the win, the Lady Rams improve to a perfect 2-0 in CIAA play and won their fourth straight game, tying last season's longest winning streak. With a Monday against Bowie State, the Lady Rams will have an opportunity to win five straight games, something that they team has not done since 2004. However, the team will have its work cut out for them as they take on the same Bowie State squad that ended the 2010-11 seaso for the Lady Rams.
"Bowie State is a strong program that is coming off of a big win at Fayetteville State so I expect another hard-fought CIAA match-up, Monday," Joyner added.
The Lady Rams and Lady Bulldogs are scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. start at the C.E. Gaines Center. 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.