WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (11-10, 6-6 CIAA) needed to click on all cylinders to claim an 81-73 win over the Shaw Lady Bears (5-20, 2-11 CIAA). The Rams broke out early to take the lead and never looked back. The Rams had one of the top first quarters of the game with 29 first quarter points and from there, the team fended off an aggressive attack from the Lady Bears.
As a team, the Rams had a solid overall game. The team shot a solid 43.8% (32-of-73) from the floor with just 27 turnovers in the game. The Rams also had four players to reach double-digit scoring in the game. WSSU senior guard Tiana Edwards led the way for the Rams with 21 points in the game. Senior center Kandace Tate added 18 points with 10 rebounds while freshman guard Teara Johnson and junior forward Brionna Pate added 11 points in the game.
The Rams broke the game open early with a dominating first quarter effort. In the quarter, the Rams outscored the Lady Bears 29-15, including starting the quarter with a 22-7 lead after an Edwards three-pointer with 3:40 left in the quarter. From there, the Rams pushed their lead to 14 points, 27-13 after an Edwards lay-up with just over a minute left in the quarter. From there, the Rams finished the quarter leading, 29-15.
The second quarter was a bit different with Shaw outscoring the Rams, 23-17. During the quarter, the Rams had to go on the defensive to hold off a strong attack by the Lady Bears. The Rams would carry a 13-point lead into the final minutes, but the team saw it whittled down to eight points, 46-38 at the half.
The third quarter saw another big effort from the Rams as the team once again. The Rams were ahead by as many as 19 points, 68-49 after a Tate lay-up with 2:23 left in the quarter. By the end of the quarter, the Rams found themselves on top, 68-52.
In the fourth quarter, the Rams once again held off the Lady Bears to claim the win. The effort was not easy, however, with Shaw cutting the Rams' lead down to just seven points, 77-70 with just over two minutes left to play. In the final minutes, the Rams would hold on for their win.
With the win, the Rams improve to 11-10 overall and 6-6 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. More importantly, the Rams improve to 5-1 in CIAA Southern Division play. The Rams will return to action, Saturday when the team heads to Fayetteville, N.C. to take on the Lady Broncos in a 1:00 p.m. game.
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