RICHMOND, VA – The Winston-Salem State Rams (12-9, 8-4 CIAA) gave a strong effort, but the team had no answers when they took an 87-47 loss at #12 Virginia Union (20-1, 11-1 CIAA), Monday evening. The Rams could not overcome struggles at both ends of the court in the hard-fought loss.
The Rams had a tough time throughout the game with miscues in nearly every offensive category of the game. Winston-Salem State made just 16 field goals in the game and shot just 29.9% (16-of-54) in the game, including shooting just 11.1% (two-for-18) from the three-point line. The Rams also struggled at the free throw line, shooting 59.1% (13-of-22) from the free throw line. WSSU senior forward Brionna Pate led the way for the Rams with 14 points in the game while freshman guard Amaya Tucker added 13 points.
The Rams were competitive during the first quarter, but a devastating second quarter cost the Rams dearly. In the first quarter, the Rams played well early as they ended the quarter trailing, 18-14. However, the Rams were outscored 24-3 in the second quarter. A Pate jumper with 6:51 left in the quarter was the sole WSSU made field goal of the quarter. The team managed just one more score in the final seconds with sophomore guard Teara Johnson hitting a free throw with 00:11 left in the quarter. With the effort, the Rams took a 42-17 deficit into the locker room at halftime.
In the second half, the Rams came out with an improved offensive effort, but the team could not stop the hot shooting Panthers that pulled away late. The Rams were outscored 23-15 in the third quarter and 22-15 in the fourth quarter to take the loss. The Rams would never cut into their deficit and unfortunately ended the game with the 87-47 loss.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 12-9 overall and 8-4 in CIAA play. The team will return to action, Thursday, when the team heads to Orangeburg, S.C. to take on the Claflin 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.