HARROGATE, TN – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (1-2) found points hard to come by in a 41-38 loss to the Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters (3-1), Tuesday evening. After trailing the game midway through the second half, the Lady Rams mounted a furious rally in the final minutes of the game to nearly pull out the win, but some clutch free throws by the home team and a missed WSSU three-pointer ended the night for the Lady Rams.
As a team, the Lady Rams shot just 27.8% from the field. The Lady Rams connected for a combined 15-for-54 from the floor in the game. WSSU sophomore forward Dionna Scott led the way for the team with nine points in the game. Fellow sophomore forward Jovonah Graham added eight points. Sophomore forward Somolia McKenney led the Lady Rams' rebounding effort with seven rebounds in the game.
Things looked good for the Lady Rams early in the game as the team held an early 6-3 lead. However, the Railsplitters would answer with a 16-4 run that left the Lady Rams trailing 19-10 with just over three minutes to go in the first half. During the drought, the Lady Rams were held scoreless for nearly nine minutes. Though challenged, the Lady Rams would not give in as they mounted a fierce rally late in the half to cut their deficit down to just six points 24-18 at halftime.
In the second half, the Lady Rams ran into more struggles early with LMU pushing its lead to 10 points after the first four minutes of play. However, WSSU would once again step up its efforts and display a lot of heart, working their way back into the game with a with a 14-4 run that was capped by a Scott three-pointer that tied the game 36-36 with 2:58 left to play. After five straight points by the Railsplitters, a jumper by WSSU junior guard Taylar Wells pulled the Lady Rams within three-points, 41-38. However, the Lady Rams could get no closer as a Scott three-pointer with 00:02 left that would have sent the game into overtime did not go in.
The Lady Rams won't have long to recover as they will head to nearby Greensboro, N.C. to take on the local rival North Carolina A&T Lady Aggies, Sunday. 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.