WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (12-8, 8-3 CIAA) took a bit 90-82 win over the Livingstone Blue Bears (6-15, 3-10 CIAA), Saturday afternoon. The team took the win behind a great individual performance from senior forward Brionna Pate.
In addition to Pate's heroics, the Rams also had a dynamic offensive effort to claim the win. As a team, the Rams shot a scorching hot 55.6% (35-of-63) from the floor to go along with a 53.3% (eight-of-15) from the three-point line. The team needed their hot shooting to overcome some free throw shooting struggles as the Rams shot just 52.2% (12-of-23) from the charity stripe. WSSU senior forward Brionna Pate led the way for the Rams with a double-double 27 points with 17 rebounds in the game. Freshman guard Amaya Tucker added 18 points. Sophomore guard Teara Johnson added 10 points.
The Rams and the Blue Bears had a very competitive first half of play. The Rams took a six-point lead in the first quarter, but a late run by the Blue Bears left the Rams with a 20-19 deficit at the end of the quarter. The Rams turned the tables in the second quarter when a three-pointer from junior guard Taylor Daniels gave the Rams their first lead of the quarter, 22-20 with 8:13 left in the quarter. From there, the Rams pushed their lead to as many as 11 points, 36-25 after a three-pointer from junior guard Jahlia Williams with 4:17 left in the quarter. In the final minutes, the Rams allowed the Blue Bears to get back into the game, but in the end, the team held on to a 40-37 halftime lead.
The second half belonged to the Rams, but the team had to once again hold off a late effort by the Blue Bears. The third quarter was the most impressive for the Rams as the team took their largest lead of the game, 61-49, after a three-pointer from Tucker with 2:44 left in the quarter. From there, the Rams went on to take a 68-56 lead into the fourth quarter. During the quarter, the Rams allowed the Blue Bears to outscore them 26-22. However, the team would not let the Blue Bears to get an closer than seven points in the final minutes, but the team came away with the win.
With the win, the Rams improve to 12-8 overall and 8-3 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. The team is also 5-1 in the CIAA Southern Division. The team will return to action, Monday when they head to Richmond, Va. to take on the Virginia Union Panthers. 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.