ELIZABETH CITY, NC - The Winston-Salem State Rams (6-9, 1-5 CIAA) were held in check when the team took a tough 65-46 road loss to the Elizabeth City State Lady Vikings (7-6, 1-2 CIAA), Monday evening. After scoring 101 points, Saturday, the Rams were held to just 46 points in their final game of a three-game Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Northern Division road trip.
The Rams took the loss due to one of their worst offensive performances of the season. As a team, the Rams were held to shooting just 27.8% (15-of-54) from the floor in the game. WSSU senior forward Briana Arnold led the way for the Rams with a double-double 10 points with 10 rebounds in just 17 minutes. Senior center Kandace Tate added 10 points with seven rebounds as well.
Things were especially slow for the Rams at the beginning of the game as they totaled three first quarter points in the game. The Rams were able to claim an early lead when a three-pointer from junior forward Brionna Pate gave the Rams a 3-2 lead with 8:32 left in the quarter. However, the three-pointer was the only WSSU score of the quarter as the team ended the quarter trailing 23-3.
The second quarter saw a much better effort at both ends of the court for the Rams. The Rams would only get as close as 19 points, 27-8 after a lay-up from Arnold with 5:44 left in the half. From there, the team took a 35-11 deficit into the locker room at halftime.
The Rams had a better second half performance, especially in the fourth quarter, but the team could not get back into the game. The Rams would cut their deficit down to 19 points, 43-24 after a free throw from freshman center Lenzi Brown with 2:34 left in the quarter. However, the Rams would take a 46-25 deficit into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter turned out to be the best effort of the game for the Rams. The Rams outscored the Lady Vikings, 21-19 in the quarter, but the effort was not enough to get the Rams the win. The Rams would cut their deficit down to 17 points, 57-40 after a Tate lay-up with 2:45 left to play. However, in the end, the Rams were outscored eight to six to end the day with the 65-46 loss.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 6-9 overall and 1-5 in CIAA play. The Rams will return home for their next action when the team hosts the Saint Augustine's Falcons in a 2:00 p.m. game. 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.