WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (11-11, 6-6 CIAA) held off a feisty Saint Augustine's Lady Falcons (10-11, 6-6 CIAA) for a clutch 58-56 win. With the win, the Lady Rams won their second straight Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division game and begin a climb up the division standings. The Lady Rams took the win behind a stellar effort from the free throw line and some quality defense.
As a team, the Lady Rams overcame several obstacles to take the win as the Lady Falcons brought a tough defensive effort to the C.E. Gaines Center. The Lady Rams finished the game with 31 turnovers, but shot a solid 38.5% from the floor in the game. The Lady Rams also shot a stellar 81.8% from the free throw line in the game as well. WSSU junior guard Taylar Wells led the way for the team with a team-high 16 points in the game. Sophomore forward Somalia McKenney also scored 10 points. Junior forward Schatavia Gray led the WSSU rebounding effort with nine rebounds while sophomore forward Chaylia Coleman pulled in a career-high eight rebounds.
Things looked tough for both teams early as the Lady Rams and Lady Falcons battled to a 3-3 tie at the 16:10 mark. The battle continued in the final minutes of half, but the Lady Rams took control in the final minutes with a 9-4 run in the final minutes of the half that left WSSU with a 33-24 halftime lead.
The battle reignited in the second half again when Saint Augustine's tied the game 36-36 with 14:40 left to play. From there, the Lady Rams continued to hold off the Lady Falcons, who continually fought back to make the game interesting. The Lady Rams were able to push their lead to nine points, 52-43, but the team's work was not done as Saint Augustine's mounted a late rally. The Lady Rams saw a 58-48 lead evaporate in the final three minutes of play as the Lady Rams went scoreless during the stretch while Saint Augustine's scored eight unanswered points. In the end, the Lady Falcons missed a clutch free throw with no time left that would have give the team a chance to tie the game.
With the win, the Lady Rams improve to 2-4 in the CIAA Southern Division and 6-6 in the CIAA. The team will return to action, Wednesday when they head to Raleigh, N.C. to take on the defending NCAA Division II National Champion Shaw Lady Bears. 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.