ELIZABETH CITY, NC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (10-5, 5-0 CIAA) took home a dramatic 60-56 win at Elizabeth City State (8-6, 2-2 CIAA), Saturday. In a game that turned out to be a real battle of wills, the Lady Rams were able to turn up their defensive efforts to take their seventh straight win.
The game was an evenly matched affair with both teams posting nearly identical statistics. The Lady Rams shot 39.3% from the field while Elizabeth City State shot 38.9% from the field. The Lady Rams committed 25 turnovers while forcing 26 turnovers by the Lady Vikings. Elizabeth City State totaled 39 rebounds while the Lady Rams pulled in 38. In the end, it was WSSU that made the clutch plays to pulls out the win. WSSU junior guard Jasmine Newkirk led the way for the Lady Rams with 11 points in the game while fellow junior forward Schatavia Gray added a career-high 11 points and nine rebounds.
Things looked tough for the Lady Rams early with Elizabeth City State jumping out to an early 14-6 lead with just over 13 points left in the first half. The team would battle back in the final minutes of the half, holding the Lady Vikings to just one field goal in the final eight minutes of the half. Freshman forward Dionna Scott would tie the game at 20-20 with just over three minutes left to play while sophomore forward Alisha Hardley gave the Lady Rams their first lead of the game with just over three minutes left in the half. The Lady Rams would go on to close out the half with 12 unanswered points and took a 28-20 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The second half turned out to be another battle for the Lady Rams. Things looked great for the Lady Rams early as the team took their largest lead of the game, 46-35 with 10:20 left to play. However, the Lady Vikings would show their tremendous heart as they cut the WSSU lead down to just two points with an 11-2 run that left the Lady Rams ahead 48-46 with just under five minutes left to play.
In the final five minutes, the lady Vikings would take the lead with just over two minutes left to play. However, the Lady Rams would not give in as the two teams traded leads until the Lady Rams sparked a 5-2 run in the final two minutes of the game to seal the win.
After picking up a pair of road wins, the Lady Rams will return home to take on the Lincoln (Pa.) Lions in a 5:30 p.m. game at the C.E. Gaines Center. 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.