WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (4-2) clicked on all cylinders when the team took a big 89-56 win over the Barton Bulldogs (4-6), Friday evening at the C.E. Gaines Center. The Lady Rams took the win behind a stellar offensive effort that accompanied the team's trademark staunch defense. The Lady Rams scored a season-high 89 points in the win while holding the Bulldogs to just 56 points.
As a team, the Lady Rams had a fantastic shooting night as the team shot a scorching hot 50.8% from the field in the game while holding the Bulldogs to shooting just 31.7% in the game. In addition to defending the basket, the Lady Rams kept their opponents out of sync, forcing 28 turnovers in the game as well. WSSU senior guard Jasmine Elum led the WSSU scoring attack with a game-high 17 points. She was one of three WSSU scorers in double digits as junior forward Dionna Scott nearly pulled out a double-double with 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds while fellow junior forward Jovonah Graham added 10 points.
The Lady Rams also benefitted from a stellar performance by the bench with 38 points from the reserves. Junior guard McKenzie Weston came off the bench for nine points while fellow junior Raven Fields also added nine points.
The game got off to a quick start for the Lady Rams who jumped out to an early 11-5 lead when a Weston three-pointer at the 16:41 mark gave the team a six-point lead. The Lady Rams saw their lead dissipate with a six-point run by the Bulldogs that left the team trailing 12-11 with 15:04 left. However, the Lady Rams had just the answer with a 14-2 run that put pushed the WSSU lead to double digits at 33-23 with 4:19 left in the first half. The run included a pair of back-to-back Elum three-pointers. From there, the team cruised into halftime with a 40-27 lead.
In the second half, the Lady Rams kicked things into gear when the team exploded for 49 points. Though the Lady Rams offense took center stage, it came due to a stellar defensive effort as the team held Barto without a field goal for the first four minutes of the second half and mounted a 50-29 lead on a jumper by junior forward Jovonah Graham with 16:33 left to play. Once in control of the game, the Lady Rams continued to roll as Barton would never get closer than 18 points for the remainder of the game. In the final two minutes of the game, the Lady Rams closed out the effort with a 13-0 run to finish the game with the 89-56 victory.
With the win, the Lady Rams take their third straight victory and improve to 4-2 overall. They will return to action, Monday evening when they host the Glenville State Pioneers in a 6:00 p.m. game. 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.