WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (9-9, 4-4 CIAA) could not find an answer for the sharpshooting #12 Shaw Lady Bears (16-2, 7-1 CIAA), Wednesday evening. Though the Lady Rams mounted a great second-half rally after some first half struggles, but the team could not catch up to the Lady Bears that shot a scorching hot 50% from the field in the game.
The 70 points allowed by the Lady Rams were the most that the team allowed since the second game of the season when WSSU took a 74-42 loss at Tusculum. The Lady Rams had their own offensive struggles in the game, shooting just 29.9% from the home court. WSSU sophomore forward Raven Fields led the way for the Lady Rams with a career-high 12 points in the game. Junior guard Taylar Wells added 11 points while sophomore forward Dionna Scott nearly recorded her second straight double-double with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds in the game.
Things looked bleak early for the Lady Rams as the Lady Bears jumped out to an early 14-2 lead. The deficit would grow to as many as 19 points, 27-8 with 8:17 left in the first half. The team would make a late run in the half to cut their deficit to 13 points after a pair of McKenzie Weston free throws at the 1:17 mark. However, a pair of unanswered Shaw scores left the Lady Rams with a 37-20 deficit at the half.
Though trailing at the half, the Lady Rams would mount a furious second half rally that pulled the team back into the contest. It was after the first five minutes of play that the Lady Rams made their stand. At the 16:44 mark, a Shaw lay-up left WSSU trailing 46-25. It was then that the team answered with a 21-5 run that cut the WSSU deficit down to just five points, 51-46 with 8:40 left to play. The run saw back-to-back three-pointers from Fields and Wells as well as five free throws. The run would end with just over eight minutes left, however, as the Lady Bears would regain control of the game shut down the WSSU offense. Though the Lady Rams scored 21 points in the previous eight minutes, the team scored just 12 in the final eight minutes while allowing 19 Shaw points to close out the game with the 70-58 loss.
The loss marked the third straight for the Lady Rams and dropped the team to 9-9 overall and 4-4 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. The 70 points allowed were the second most allowed by the Lady Rams this season. The team will look to bounce back, Saturday when the team will head to Fayetteville, N.C. to take on the Fayetteville State Lady Broncos. 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.