Lady Rams Struggle Late in 59-39 Loss to Anderson (S.C.)

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (2-5) fell short late in a tough 59-39 loss to the Anderson (S.C.) Trojans (7-3), Wednesday evening. The Lady Rams gave a strong defensive effort in the game, but the team fell short late as an Anderson second-half surge put the game out of reach for the Lady Rams.

The game turned out to be a story of halves as the Lady Rams followed a great first half effort with some second half struggles to take their first home loss of the season. After shooting a hot 38.1% from the field in the first half, the Lady Rams shot just 16.7% from the field in the second half to take the loss. As a team, the Lady Rams shot 13-of-51 from the field to shoot 25.5% in the game. The team did turn in another strong defensive effort, forcing 24 Trojan turnovers. WSSU junior guard Taylar Wells led the way for the Lady Rams with a team-high 13 points in the game. Junior guard Keyrra Gillespie added eight points with four assists and a team-high six steals.

The Lady Rams turned in a great first half effort with some solid play at both ends of the court to keep the game within reach for all 20 minutes.  Defense was the order of the day in the game's early going with neither team scoring for the first three minutes of play. A lay-up by sophomore forward Somalia McKenney at the 16:31 mark broke the scoring seal and put the Lady Rams ahead 2-0. The drought continued for both team until McKenney scored on another lay-up at the 13:37 mark as well to put the Lady Rams ahead 4-0. WSSU would keep a hold of its lead until the 6:03 mark when a pair of Anderson free throws left the Lady Rams trailing 11-10.  From there, the two teams continued their battle into the final minutes. After a Trojan lay-up at the 00:25 mark left the Lady Rams trailing 20-19, Gillespie answered with a free throw at the 00:01 mark to leave the game tied 20-20 at halftime.

The second half turned out to be a much different effort. After battling to a 28-28 tie at the 13:45 mark, the Lady Rams allowed a 12-3 run to the Trojans that left the Lady Rams trailing 40-31 with 8:38 left to play. Though the Lady Rams continued to battle, the team could not get their offense in gear as the team managed to hit just two field goals in the final nine minutes of the game and finished the evening with the 59-39 loss.

With the loss, the Lady Rams fall to 2-5 for the season and 2-1 at home. The team will return to action this weekend when they take part in the 2012 Herb Sims Classic hosted by Bluefield State. 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.