WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (2-3) used a dominating defensive effort to claim a 77-60 win over the Benedict Tigers (0-3) to close out the 2017 Red & White Classic. The Rams held their opponent to a season-low 60 points in the game behind a tremendous defense.
In addition to some strong defense, the Rams also turned in a solid offensive performance to claim the win. The Rams held Benedict to shooting just 28.8% (19-of-66) from the floor. Offensively, the Rams shot an impressive 40.3% (27-of-67) from the floor. WSSU senior guard Tiana Edwards led the way in the game with 17 points while senior forward Briana Arnold added 12 points with nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Taylor Daniels also scored a career-high nine points in the game.
The Rams jumped out early with an impressive first half. After playing to an 8-8 tie midway through the quarter, the Rams pulled away late to claim a 21-14 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Rams kept things going in the second quarter. The team pushed their lead to as many as 20 point, 42-22 with just over a minute left in the quarter. From there, the Rams cruised to the 46-23 halftime lead.
In the second half, the Rams pushed themselves to their largest lead of the game before Benedict staged a late comeback effort. A jumper from junior forward Brionna Pate with 6:26 left in the third quarter left the Rams leading, 51-26. The Rams would ease up a bit with only two more field goals in the remainder of the quarter, but some quality free throws left the Rams on top, 57-32 at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Benedict staged a comeback, but the Rams held the Lady Tigers at bay. For the quarter, the Rams managed three field goals, but the team still had enough to close the game with the 77-60 victory.
With the win, the Rams improve to 2-3 overall. The Rams will return to action, Wednesday for their next action when the head to Aiken, S.C. to take on the USC-Aiken Pacers. For more information on Rams women's basketball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.