WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (10-7, 6-2 CIAA) got a big win, Wednesday, when the team took an 82-65 win over the Shaw Lady Bears (5-13, 0-8 CIAA). The Rams took the win behind a big first half effort that propelled the team to their third straight victory.
The Rams took the win behind a great overall performance by the team. As a team, the Rams shot a hot 48.4% (31-of-64) from the floor while holding the Lady Bears to shooting just 40.6% (26-of-64). The Rams had three players to reach double-digit scoring in the game. Senior forward Brionna Pate set the tone with 21 points and 14 points all in the first half of play. Freshman guard Amaya Tucker added 11 points while sophomore guard Nyona Shields added 11 points. Junior forward Laichelle Sparrow came off the bench for nine points. Junior guard Jahlia Williams also added nine points off the bench.
Winston-Salem State took over the game early with a big first half and never looked back. The game was competitive at the beginning with the two teams playing to a 13-13 tie before the Rams went out to a 21-17 lead before a Williams three-pointer with 00:26 left in the first quarter. The Rams allowed the Lady Bears to hit a three-pointer of their own to leave the Rams on top, 21-20 at the end of the quarter. It was in the second quarter when the Rams really broke away as they outscored the Lady Bears, 23-12. The point came when the Rams went on a 15-4 run to go ahead 37-24 after a Pate lay-up with 3:26 left in the second quarter. A Tucker three-pointer with 1:47 left in the quarter gave the Rams a 42-28 lead, the largest of the half for the Rams as the team went on to take a 44-32 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Once in control, the Rams never looked back as the two teams had a defensive third quarter before the Rams finished the win with a big fourth quarter performance. The Rams and the Lady Bears managed to score just 24 combined points in the third quarter with the Rams outscoring the Lady Bears 13-11. The Rams went ahead by as many as 17 points, 49-32 after a Shields three-pointer with 6:49 left in the third quarter. However, the Rams eased up and allowed the Lady Bears to chip away at the WSSU lead until the Rams went into the fourth quarter with a 57-43 lead. The Rams broke the game open with 25 fourth quarter points to pull away with the victory. The Rams went ahead by as many as 20 points, 71-51 after a Williams lay-up with 5:27 left to play. From there, the Rams simply cruised their way to their third straight win.
With the win, the Rams improve to 10-7 overall and 6-2 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. The team will return to action, Saturday when the team heads to Fayetteville, N.C. to take on the Fayetteville State Broncos. 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.