COLUMBIA, SC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (6-3) found a stellar defensive effort under the Christmas tree when the team took a 52-34 win over the Benedict College Tigers (6-4), Saturday afternoon. The win was the team's final game before the Christmas break and the squad went out on a high note, holding the Tigers to just 34 points in the game and forcing them to shoot just 25% from the floor in the game.
As a team, the Lady Rams fell victim to some offensive struggles in the game, totaling just 52 points and shooting just 27.1% from the floor in the game. However, the Lady Rams more than made up for it with a great defensive effort, forcing 22 turnovers by the Tigers. WSSU junior forward Dionna Scott continued her stellar effort this season with her second straight double-double effort as she recorded 10 points and set a new career-high with 16 rebounds in the game, eclipsing her career high that she set, Thursday. Fellow junior guard McKenzie Weston had a great game as well with 14 points in the game as well.
The first half was a tough battle for the two teams. After jumping out to an early 6-1 lead, the Lady Rams soon found themselves fending off a tough Tigers squad that cut the WSSU lead down to just one point for the majority of the half. When a pair of Benedict free throws at the 6:19 mark left the Lady Rams trailing, 15-14, the Lady Rams responded with a brief 5-2 run to stay ahead, but the Tigers fired right back, tying the game, 19-19 with a minute left. It as a Weston jumper with just seven seconds left that left the Lady Rams with a 21-19 halftime lead.
It was in the second half when the Lady Rams turned on their defensive effort and took control of the game for good. The Lady Rams allowed the Tigers to score just 15 second half points while scoring 31 points. After battling to a 26-26 win at the 13:09 mark, the Lady Rams took full control of the game with a 17-2 run that including holding the Tigers to just one field goal in a seven minute span. The effort left the Lady Rams ahead 43-28 with 6:02 left to play. Once in control of the game, the Lady Rams never looked back, pushing their lead out to as many as 18 points and never allowing the Tigers to get any closer than 13 points. The team went on to cruise, allowing just six more points to the Tigers and taking the 52-34 victory.
With the win, the Lady Rams improve to 7-3 overall and took their fifth win in their last six games heading into the break. The Lady Rams will return home for their next action as the team will host Edinboro (Pa.) in a 2:00 p.m. New Year's Eve game at the C.E. Gaines Center on the campus of Winston-Salem State University. 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.