GREENEVILLE, NC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (1-1) ran into some struggles on the road as they took a tough 74-42 loss to the Tusculum Pioneers (1-1), Saturday evening. The loss was a tough one for the Lady Rams who struggled against the tough Pioneer defense, shooting just 19.2% from the field in the game.
The Lady Rams ran into struggles on both ends of the court as the Pioneers shot a scorching hot 41.9% from the field and forced 24 WSSU turnovers in the game. WSSU sophomore guard McKenzie Weston led the way for the Lady Rams with a team-high eight points in the game. Fellow sophomore Dionna Scott added seven points as well. Three WSSU players recorded five rebounds each to lead the team.
Things looked good early for the Lady Rams who jumped out to an early lead. However, the struggles began quickly as Tusculum mounted a 14-2 run that left the Lady Rams trailing 16-7 with 6:58 left in the first half. During the stretch, a pair of Wells free throws turned out to be all the offense that the Lady Rams could muster. From there, the Lady Rams were able to pick things up offensively, but ended the half trailing 14-27.
The second half began with some more offensive struggles by both teams as a Scott free throw at the 19:34 mark scored the only point of the first three minutes of the half. From there, it was Tusculum who scored the points as the Lady Rams fell behind, 16-32, following a Weston free throw at the 15:58 mark. Weston would go on to score the first Lady Rams field goal of the half when she hit a three-pointer at the 14:47 mark. Midway through the half, the Lady Rams cut their deficit back down to 12 points, trailing 47-25 at the 9:11 mark following a pair of Scott free throws. The WSSU struggles continued down the stretch of the half as Tusculum pushed its lead to as many as 35 points in the final minutes of the game. In the end, the Lady Rams finished the night with the tough 74-42 loss.
With the loss, the Lady Rams fall to 1-1 and return to the road for their next action when they head to Harrogate, Tennessee to take on the Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters. 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.