WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (11-5, 6-0 CIAA) clicked on all cylinders when the team took a 94-44 win over the Lincoln (Pa.) Lady Lions (4-12, 0-5 CIAA), Monday evening. There was no stopping the Lady Rams as the team shot a scorching hot 59% from the field in the game while holding the Lady Lions to shooting 20% from the field.
"We had a balanced effort from the entire team tonight, which turned into another big win for the program," WSSU head women's basketball coach Stephen Joyner, Jr. said following the win. "Our defensive effort was impressive tonight, but we must continue to improve."
The Lady Rams clicked on all cylinders in the win, connecting on 36-of-61 shots in the game while holding the Lady Lions to connecting on just 12-of-60 shots in the game. In addition to recording a season-high 21 assists in the game, the team also added seven blocked shots and forced 20 Lincoln (Pa.) turnovers. WSSU sophomore guard Taylar Wells had a big night for the Lady Rams with at team-high 15 points in the game with four assists. Sophomore forward Alisha Hardley added a career-high 14 points in the game while senior guard Taneisha White added a season-high 11 points.
Things got started early for the Lady Rams as the team jumped out to an early 28-5 lead through the first 10 minutes of the game. The Lady Rams held the Lady Lions to just two field goals through the midway point of the first half. In full control of the game, the Lady Rams continued to push as a lay-up by freshman forward Isis Miller put the Lady Rams ahead by 43 points, the team's largest lead of the game. After four straight Lincoln (Pa.) free throws, the Lady Rams took a 55-16 lead into the locker room at halftime. The team's 55 points marked a season-high for points in a half by the Lady Rams.
The Lady Rams continued to dominate the game in the second half, pushing their lead to as many as 55 points when a jumper by junior guard Jasmine Newkirk left the Lady rams leading, 76-21 with 13:19 left to play. The Lady Lions would show some fight in the game's final minutes as they were able to trim the WSSU lead down to 46 points, 78-32 through the midway point of the half. In the end, the Lady Rams would get things into gear and finished the night with the dominating 94-44 victory.
The team's 94 points marked the highest point total since February 19, 2004 when the team took a 116-44 win over Bennett College. With the win, the Lady Rams improve to 11-5 and remain a perfect 6-0 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). "We have a week off, then a four-game road swing that is going to test our character," Joyner added. "And I look forward to seeing how we respond."
The Lady Rams will return to action Saturday when they head to Fayetteville, North Carolina to take on the Fayetteville State Lady Broncos in the Lady Rams' first CIAA Southern Division game of the season. The Lady Rams and the Lady Broncos are slated for a noon start. 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.