WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (9-7, 4-2 CIAA) saw a 16-point lead vanish in the final seconds in a heartbreaking 49-47 loss to the Elizabeth City State Lady Vikings (13-3, 5-1 CIAA), Monday evening. The Lady Rams gave a hard-fought effort in the game, but a late collapse that including going scoreless for the final 2:49 minutes of the game, doomed the Lady Rams in the heartbreaking loss.
Though the Lady Rams finished the evening with the loss, the team gave a strong effort, holding the Lady Vikings to a season-low 49 points and forcing 30 turnovers. However, the team could not hold on as the late drought ended the game for the Lady Rams. As a team, the Lady Rams shot a solid 39.0% from the field. WSSU junior guard Taylar Wells led the attack for the Lady Rams with 16 points while sophomore forward Jovonah Graham added 10 points. Sophomore forward Somalia McKenney nearly recorded a double-double with nine points and seven rebounds.
Things looked good for the Lady Rams early as the team jumped out to an early 11-6 lead at the 11:31 mark. Once in control of the game, the Lady Rams kept things going down the stretch of the half as a 12-0 WSSU run in the final minutes of the half left the team on top, 26-12 with 1:35 left. From there, the Lady Rams would go on to take a 28-15 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Lady Rams continued to control the game through much of the second half. After gaining control of the contest late in the second half, the Lady Rams continued to push things as a jumper by McKenney left the Lady Rams on top, 43-27 with 6:09 left to play. The Lady Rams would hold on to their lead, 47-33, when sophomore guard McKenzie Weston hit a pair of free throws, at the 2:49 mark. However, the two free throws turned out to be the final points of the night for the Lady Rams as Elizabeth City State would go on a 16-0 run in the final three minutes of play to take the win. The Lady Rams committed a critical team turnover at the 00:19 mark that allowed the Lady Vikings to tie the game on their ensuing possession at the 00:10 mark. The Lady Rams would commit another critical turnover and committed a foul with two seconds left, allowing a pair of Lady Viking free throws that sealed the WSSU loss.
With the loss, the Lady Rams fall to 9-7 on the season and 4-2 in the CIAA. After three straight home games, the Lady Rams will take the road for their next action as they head to Raleigh, N.C. to take on the Saint Augustine's Lady Falcons in a 2:00 p.m. For more information on Lady Rams basketball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.