CHARLOTTE, NC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (15-13) gave it their all, but the team came up just short in a 62-55 loss to the #16 Shaw Lady Bears (23-4), Wednesday evening at the Time Warner Cable Arena. The game was a tough, defensive battle with neither side willing to concede, but in the end, foul troubles and a tenacious opposing defense ended the season for the Lady Rams.
"I expected this to be a close game because they have a good program and I think we were doing some things to put us in position to win the game," WSSU head coach A.G. Hall said following the game. "Down the stretch, they got some offensive rebounds and that proved to be the difference in the game, that and getting to the free throw line."
The entire game turned out to be a see-saw battle with momentum shifting from one side of the court to the other. The resulting boxscore demonstrated the closeness of the two teams. The Lady Rams finished the game, shooting a solid 32.8% from the floor with just 17 turnovers in the game while holding Shaw to shooting 39.1% from the floor and forcing 26 turnovers. WSSU sophomore forward Dionna Scott continued her breakout season with 17 points to lead the Lady Rams. The effort was just one point shy of tying her career scoring high. She was the solid WSSU scorer in double digits in the game. WSSU senior forward Schatavia Gray nearly recorded a double-double with seven points and nine rebounds in the game. Sophomore forward Jovonah Graham added eight points.
The game was tough from the very beginning with the Lady Rams and Lady Bears answering each other nearly shot-for-shot over the first 10 minutes. Neither team would go ahead by more than three points during the span as they battled to a 17-17 tie with 10:30 left in the first half. A Scott jumper at the 9:39 mark gave the Lady Rams their first lead of the game. From there, the battle continued as the Lady Rams were able to go ahead by as many as three points, but could never pull away from the Lady Bears. A pair of Scott free throws at the 3:24 mark left the Lady Rams with a 26-23 lead, but the team would not score again in the half and allowed the Lady Bears to score five unanswered points to take a 28-26 deficit at the half.
In the second half, the Lady Rams came out with some needed intensity as they erased their deficit with a pair of shots that tied the game, 30-30 with 17:37 left to play. After falling behind by as many as seven points, the Lady Rams rallied late. The team went on a 14-3 run midway through the half to go ahead, 49-44 on a McKenney jumper at the 7:43 mark. After going ahead 52-51, the Lady Rams' offense fell silent. A lay-up by junior guard Taylar Wells with 00:26 left was the only WSSU field goal of the final three minutes of play for the Lady Rams while the Lady Bears went on an 11-3 run to close out the game and ended the WSSU season with the 62-55 loss.
With the loss, the Lady Rams finish the 2012-13 season with a 15-13 overall record. 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.