CHARLOTTE, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (15-13) ended their season on a down note when the team took a 65-49 loss to the Elizabeth City State Vikings (13-15) in the opening round of the 2019 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Women's Basketball Championship Tournament. The heartbreaking loss ended the season for the Rams who were the third seed from the CIAA Southern Division and was the team's fourth straight.
The Rams struggled to get their offense going while also struggling to stop a hot shooting Vikings squad. As a team, the Rams were held to shooting just 24.3% (18-of-74) from the floor in the game. WSSU freshman guard Amaya Tucker led the way for the Rams with 11 points off the bench. She was the only WSSU player to reach double-digit scoring in the game. Junior guard Taylor Daniels added nine points as well.
In the first quarter, things looked great early, but troubles soon arose for the Rams and the team could not quite recover. The Rams were scorching hot to start the game as they opened the game with a 17-3 run that included a 13-0 run in just over the first minute of the game. However, the Rams allowed the Vikings to chip away at the lead and fell behind, 18-15 at the end of the quarter. The second quarter was a bit different as it was the Rams who were looking to chase the Vikings. WSSU would struggle throughout the quarter as they allowed the Vikings to steadily pull away and took a 32-21 deficit into the locker room at halftime.
After their first half struggles, the Rams made every effort get back into the game, but the team could never get going. The Rams cut their deficit down to eight points, 36-28 after a Pate tip-in with 7:07 left to play. However, the Rams once again struggled with ECSU going up by as many as 14 points, 44-30 with 2:08 left in the quarter. From there, the Rams ended the quarter taking a 48-35 deficit into the fourth quarter. In the final quarter of the season, the Rams made a valiant effort, but some hot shooting by the Vikings kept the Rams at bay for the entire quarter. WSSU allowed the Vikings to go ahead by as many as 18 points, 58-40 with 4:54 left to play before the team would make its stand. However, the effort was too little too late as a Tucker three-pointer in the final seconds sealed the Rams' 65-49 loss.
With the loss, the Rams finish the 2018-19 season with a 15-13 overall record. 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.