ELON, NC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (0-1) showed a lot of heart and determination in a hard-fought 73-68 loss to the Elon Phoenix (1-0), Friday evening. The Lady Rams gave a strong effort in the loss, falling to their NCAA Division I opponents by just five points.
As a team, the Lady Rams had a great overall effort, shooting 42.6% from the field and forced 17 turnovers by the Phoenix. The team also had another trademark great rebounding effort, with 32 total rebounds in the game, just three fewer than the Phoenix. WSSU senior guard Jasmine Elum led all scorers in the game with 25 points in just 23 minutes of play. Junior guard McKenzie Weston added 11 points, tying a career-high. Junior forward Dionna Scott nearly pulled off a double-double with seven points and eight rebounds.
The Lady Rams took control of the game early, but a drought late in the half, left the team trailing at the half. In the early going, the Lady Rams jumped out to a 21-15 lead with 10:31 left in the first half, but a 15-2 run by the Phoenix left WSSU trailing 30-23 in the final minutes of the half. The Lady Rams were held without a field goal for the final 10 minutes of the first half and took a 34-26 deficit at the half.
The second half saw the Lady Rams claw their way back into the game as a Scott three-pointer at the 13:57 mark capped a 14-6 run that pulled the Lady Rams within one point of the Phoenix, 40-41 with 13:57 left. The Lady Rams would tie the game 43-43 on an Elum three-pointer with 12:48 left. The Phoenix would make an effort to pull away from the Lady Rams, but the team would not relent as an Elum jumper at the 4:55 mark left the Lady Rams trailing by just two points, 58-60. The effort marked the last stand for the Lady Rams, however as the team could never get over the hump and finished the game with the 73-68 loss.
The Lady Rams will return home, Sunday as the open home court against Lincoln Memorial. For more information on Lady Rams volleyball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.