Lady Rams Struggle in 93-49 Loss at Shaw

RALEIGH, NC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (11-7 , 5-3 CIAA) took their toughest loss of the season when the team suffered a 93-49 road loss to the Shaw Lady Bears (12-7, 6-2 CIAA), Wednesday evening. The loss was the largest margin of defeat for the Lady Rams this season and handed the team its first Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division loss of the season. Though the Lady Rams battled at both ends of the court, the team could not stop a Shaw Lady Bears team that clicked on all cylinders all game long.

As a team, the Lady Rams had one of their roughest outings of the season as the team shot a season-low 26.7% from the field while allowing the Lady Bears to shoot a scorching hot 50.0% from the field in the game. The Lady Rams were dominated in the paint with Shaw holding a 50-37 rebounding edge in the game as well. WSSU senior guard Jasmine Elum was the only Lady Rams player to reach double-digit scoring in the game as she led the team with 20 points in the game. Three Lady Rams pulled in five rebounds each in the game.

The first half turned out to be a struggle for the Lady Rams as the team fell behind by as many as 30 points in the half and shot just 18.8% from the floor while allowing the Lady Bears to shoot a scorching hot 60.0% from the floor in the half. The WSSU struggles began early as the team was held scoreless for the first three minutes of the game and fell into a 7-0 deficit until an Elum three-pointer at the 16:21 mark broke the scoring seal for the team. The jumper kickstarted the Lady Rams briefly as the team cut their deficit down to four points 11-7 with 14:30 left in the half. However, the run was short-lived for the Lady Rams as the team was held scoreless for the next five minutes as Shaw pulled out to a 25-9 lead following a pair of Scott free throws at the 9:08 mark. From there, the Lady Rams continued to struggle to stem the tide as Shaw pushed its led to as many as 30 points, 45-15 with 1:40 left in the half. From there, the Lady Rams could find no answer as the headed into the locker room trailing, 47-17.

The second half saw a much better effort for the Lady Rams as the team stormed out of the gate with a 14-4 run that cut their deficit down to 20 points, 51-31 at the 14:35 mark. From there, the Lady Rams would continue to fight and claw, but foul troubles and a relentless Shaw team would prove to be challenging for the Lady Rams. After falling behind, 61-36 with 9:53 left, the Lady Rams' foul troubles would come back to haunt them when three straight WSSU fouls led to a three-of-four effort for the Lady Bears and stalled the WSSU offense as the Lady Rams' deficit grew to 29 points, 65-36 with 8:12 left to play.  Down the stretch of the half, the Lady Rams continued to battle, but could never overcome as the team finished the night with the 93-49 loss, the largest deficit of the season for the Lady Rams.

The Lady Rams will return to action, Saturday when the team heads to Pikeville, North Carolina to take on Fayetteville State at C.B. Aycock High School. 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.