Slow First Half Dooms Lady Rams in 64-58 Loss at Chowan

MURFREESBORO, NC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (9-6, 3-2 CIAA) took their second straight Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) loss, Saturday when the team took a 64-58 road loss to the Chowan Lady Hawks (8-7, 2-13 CIAA). For the second straight game, the Lady Rams staged a strong second half comeback effort, but fell short in the tough loss.  

The loss came by some uncharacteristic miscues by the Lady Rams who shot just 33.3% from the floor in the game and committed 19 turnovers in the game. As a team, the Lady Rams hit just 18 shots in the game. Though the team ran into offensive struggles in the game, the Lady Rams brought their trademark defensive effort, holding the Hawks to shooting just 36.2% from the floor and committing 18 turnovers. The Lady Rams also took 12 steals in the game as well. The WSSU offensive struggles didn't apply to senior guard Jasmine Elum, who finished the game with 23 points. Junior forward Dionna Scott was the only other Lady Ram to reach double-digit scoring in the game with 10 points. Fellow junior forward Chaylia Coleman led the WSSU rebounding effort with seven rebounds in the game.

For the fourth straight game, the Lady Rams ran into early scoring troubles as they took a deficit into the locker room as the team managed just 26 first half points and trailed 26-31 at the half. The Lady Rams opened the game on a slow start, falling behind 3-7 as an Elum three pointer was the sole WSSU basket of the first three minutes of the game. After cutting their deficit to just one point, 9-8 with 16:22, the team fell into another deficit after allowing six unanswered points to the Hawks. The Lady Rams would go on to answer the run by taking a 24-22 lead in the final minutes of the half. However, the Lady Rams' offensive struggles would arise as the team scored just one more field goal in the final four minutes of the game and took a 31-26 deficit into the locker at the half.

For the fourth straight game, the Lady Rams staged a second half rally when the team scored 32 second half points in the game. Things looked rough for the Lady Rams as the team failed to hit a field goal for the first four minutes of the half. A pair of Elum free throws were the only WSSU points during the span as the Hawks' lead increased to seven points, 30-40 with 15:44 left to play. Though behind, the Lady Rams kept their deficit within reach as the team fell behind by no more than 13 points for the remainder of the game. In the final minutes of the half, the Lady Rams whittled their deficit down to just five points after a 13-5 run that left the Lady Rams trailing 58-63. The effort was all that the Lady Rams had left, unfortunately as another Chowan made free throw along with a scoreless effort by the Lady Rams sealed the second straight loss for the Lady Rams, 58-64.

With the loss, the Lady Rams fall to 3-2 in CIAA play and will remain on the road for their next action when they head to Elizabeth City, North Carolina to take on the Elizabeth City State Lady Vikings. 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.