WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (3-6, 0-2 CIAA) gave a strong effort, but the team could not overcome some miscues in a 75-66 loss to the Lincoln (Pa.) Lions, Saturday afternoon. The Rams played a strong defensive game, but the team found points hard to come by against a tough Lions defensive effort in the game.
The Rams took the loss in spite of a solid shooting effort. As a team, the Rams shot 39.4% (26-of-66) from the floor, including shooting 33.3% (four-of-16) from the three-point line in the game. However, the Rams were outmanned in the paint. The Rams pulled in 37 rebounds while allowing Lincoln (Pa.) to grab 49. WSSU senior forward Briana Arnold led the way for the Rams with 16 points in the game while senior guard Tiana Edwards added 12 points. Freshman guard Teara Johnson added 10 points with a career-high eight rebounds off the bench.
Things looked good early for the Rams as the team battled to keep the Lions within reach throughout the first quarter. The Rams struggled early in the game with Lincoln (Pa.) going out to a 9-3 lead early in the game. The Rams would work their way back into the game with a 12-6 run to tie the game, 15-15 after a free throw from sophomore guard Aja Stevens with 3:41 left in the first quarter. The Rams would maintain the tie until the final second of the quarter when a pair of Lincoln (Pa.) free throws left the Rams trailing, 20-22. The second quarter saw some real struggles by the Rams as the team managed to score just seven points. The Rams played with a solid defensive effort, however, holding the Lions to just 15 points. It was in the final minutes of the quarter that the Rams' struggles truly came forward as the team fell behind by as many as 10 points, 37-27 with just under three minutes left to play in the half. From there, neither the Rams nor the Lions were able to score and the Rams took their 10-point deficit into the locker room at halftime.
The second half saw the Rams continue to fight, but the team could not quite break through against the Lions. After falling behind by as many as 13 points, 43-30 with 7:42 left in the third quarter, the Rams worked their way back into the game, cutting their deficit down to just three points, 45-42 with 4:03 left in the quarter. It was a jumper from junior forward Brionna Pate that pulled the Rams to within three points of the Lions. The Rams kept their efforts going in the final minute of the quarter as a three-pointer from Edwards pulled the Rams to within a point, 49-50 with 00:18 left. While the Rams had a tremendous third quarter effort to stay in the game, the fourth quarter told a much different story. The Rams struggled to stop the Lions as the team was outscored 19-8 in the first five minutes of the quarter and found themselves trailing, 68-58 with 4:02 left to play. The Rams would work their deficit down to five points, 68-63 after a Pate jumper with 2:26 left, but the team would get no closer with Lincoln (Pa.) closing the game with a 7-3 run that gave the Rams their 75-66 loss.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 4-6 overall and 0-2 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Assocaition (CIAA) play. The Rams will return to action, Monday when the team hosts the Bowie State Bulldogs in a 4:00 p.m. game. 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.