Rams Dominate for 100-59 Win Over Saint Augustine's in CIAA Southern Division Opener


WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (7-9, 2-5 CIAA) had another offensive breakout when the team took a dominating 100-59 win over the Saint Augustine's Falcons (4-12, 1-6 CIAA), Saturday afternoon. For the third time in their last five games, the Rams reached the century mark with 100 points in the game. The team combined the effort with a strong defensive performance to claim the victory.

The Rams controlled every aspect of the game to claim the victory. As a team, the Rams shot a scorching hot 46.3% (38-of-82) from the floor while holding the Falcons to shooting just 32.2% (19-of-59) from the floor. The Rams also controlled the boards with 53 rebounds in the game. WSSU junior forward Brionna Pate continued her terrific season with a double-double 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Rams. Freshman guard Teara Johnson also continued her strong season with a career-high 19 points in the game. Senior forward Briana Arnold added 14 points with nine rebounds while senior guard Tiana Edwards added 10 points.

The Rams controlled the game from the beginning. The team only allowed 14 first quarter points to the Falcons and went ahead by as many as 16 points, 28-12 after a lay-up by Pate with 00:17 left in the quarter. The second quarter was no different as the Rams continued to pull away. The Rams outscored the Falcons, 26-13 in the quarter and went ahead by as many as 32 points, 51-19 after a jumper from freshman guard Nyona Shields with 1:29 left in the quarter. The Rams capped the quarter in style when Johnson hit a three-pointer from nearly half court to give the Rams a 54-27 halftime lead.

The third quarter was the closest one for the Rams. The two teams scored 18 points each in the quarter, but the Rams stayed in front, 72-45. In the fourth quarter, the Rams broke out for another great quarter to end the game, outscoring the Falcons, 28-14. The Rams would highlight the quarter when sophomore Destini Reed hit a free throw to cap the scoring effort and left the Rams ahead, 100-58 with 00:53 left. From there, the Rams held the Falcons to just one free throw and closed the game with the 100-59 victory.

With the win, the Rams improve to 7-9 overall and 2-5 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. The win also give the Rams a leg up with a CIAA Southern Division win. The Rams will return to action, Saturday, when the team heads to Raleigh, N.C. to take on the Shaw Lady Bears 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.