MARS HILL, NC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (5-3) continued their strong offensive efforts for the third straight game with an 82-72 win at Mars Hill (2-6), Thursday afternoon. The Lady Rams definitely packed their offense for this road trip as the team scored more than 80 points in their third straight game and took their third win in their last four games.
The Lady Rams took the win behind a stellar overall effort. In addition to the team's 82 points scored, the team also forced 21 turnovers against the Lions and held the home team to shooting just 37.9% from their home floor. WSSU junior forward Dionna Scott led the Lady Rams to the win with a double-double effort as she recorded a career-high 27 points with 15 rebounds in the game. She was one of three Lady Rams players to reach double-digit scoring in the game as senior guard Taylar Wells added 17 points while fellow senior guard Jasmine Elum added 16 points.
Although the Lady Rams had to fend off a scrappy Mars Hill squad, the Lady Rams took control of the game early and never looked back. The team starting things off with a 9-4 lead, and held the home team to just two field goals in the first five minutes of play. Though in control, the Lady Rams found themselves challenged by a Lions team that cut the WSSU lead down to just two points, 9-7 with 14:43 left in the first half. However, the Lady Rams would have no part of it as the team pushed its lead to as many as 13 points when a free throw by junior forward Somalia McKenney capped a 19-7 run. From there, the Lady Rams cruised as a lay-up and free throw by junior guard McKenzie Weston left the Lady Rams with their largest lead of the game, 42-35 with just over three minutes left in the first half. In the final minutes of the half, Mars Hill made a late run to cut the WSSU lead down to 12 points, 44-32 at halftime.
The second half turned out to be a much tougher battle as Mars Hill outscored the Lady Rams, 40-38. However, the effort was not enough as the Lady Rams held on for the win. The Lady Rams had to hold off the Lions early as the WSSU lead was cut down to just six points 51-45 after a 13-7 run by the home team. Though challenged, the Lady Rams would not relent. After maintain the six-point lead through the midway point of the half, the Lady Rams saw their lead get shaved down to just two points, 70-68 at the 4:20 mark. It was there that the Lady Rams would make their stand. The Lady Rams went on to score eight unanswered points to kickstart a 12-4 run to end the game and seal the 82-72 victory. The run included holding the Lions to just two field goals in the final four minutes of the game.
With the win, the Lady Rams improve to 5-3 on the season and will return to the road for their next action when the team heads to Columbia, S.C. to take on the Benedict Tigers. 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.