WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (8-10, 3-6 CIAA) could find no answers when the team took a 93-59 loss to the Fayetteville State Broncos (7-9, 3-5 CIAA), Wednesday evening. With first place in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division on the line, the Rams fell short in the loss to the Broncos. The Rams struggled at both ends of the court as the team scored just 59 points in the game, the team's third lowest scoring effort of the season and allowed 93 points to the Broncos.
As a team, the Rams found the scoring hard to come by in the tough loss. The Rams shot just 32.8% (20-of-61) from the floor in the game. The team also shot just 61.5% (16-of-26) from the free throw line in the game as well. WSSU senior center Kandace Tate led the way for the Rams with 16 points in the game while sophomore guard Jahlia Williams added 11 points. Senior forward Briana Arnold added a game-high seven rebounds in the game.
Things got tough early for the Rams with some first quarter struggles, but the Rams bounced back with a solid second quarter effort. The Rams saw a solid early start to the game with a 5-4 early lead, but Fayetteville State soon seized control of the game and left the Rams trailing, 19-31 at the end of the quarter. The second quarter was much different for the Rams as the team outscored the Broncos 17-9. The Rams began a strong comeback in the final minutes of the quarter when the team held the Broncos scoreless for the final three minutes and a pair of Tate free throws with 1:15 left in the half sent the Rams into the locker room trailing, 40-36.
The second half saw more struggles at both ends of the court for the Rams. The Rams scored just 11 third quarter points with 12 fourth quarter points in the loss. The Rams' four-point deficit only grew through the quarter as the team managed just two field goals in the quarter and fell behind by as many as 18 points at the end of the quarter. The fourth quarter continued to be a struggle for the Rams. The Rams were especially hampered by the up-tempo attack of the Broncos who scored 14 fast break points in the quarter. From there, the Rams ended the evening with the 93-59 loss.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 8-10 overall and 3-6 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. More importantly, the loss drops the Rams to a second place tie in the CIAA Southern Division. The Rams will return to action, Saturday, when the team hosts the Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls in a 2:00 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.