WINSTON-SALEM, NC – For the second straight game, the Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (9-4, 3-0 CIAA) fought back late to take a win as they defeated the Bowie State Lady Bulldogs (6-5, 1-2 CIAA), 56-51, Monday evening. After trailing for much of the game, the Lady Rams rallied in the final three minutes of play to take the win and opened Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play with a 3-0 record.
The Lady Rams had to overcome several miscues and a tough Bowie State team to win the game. As a team, the Lady Rams struggled for much of the game, shooting 36.4% from the floor and shooting just 61.5% from the free throw line. The team also struggled with 21 turnovers as well. However, the Lady Rams were able to overcome their struggles with some solid defense as the team held Bowie State to shooting 30.4% from the floor and forced 23 turnovers. The Lady Rams also outrebounded the Lady Bulldogs, 41-39. WSSU junior forward Dionna Scott led the way for the Lady Rams with 13 points and eight rebounds. Fellow junior forward Jovonah Graham added eight points as well.
Things looked rough early for the Lady Rams as a lay-up by senior forward Amanda Hairston to open the game was the sole WSSU score for the first six minutes of the game while Bowie State jumped out to a 10-2 lead. However, an Elum lay-up at the 12:56 mark kickstarted the Lady Rams' effort as the team erased their deficit with a 14-6 run that tied the game, 16-16 with 5:19 left in the first half. Though the team would tie the game, the Lady Rams were never able to gain a lead for the remainder of the half. The team was able to keep the Lady Bulldogs within reach as they took a 23-26 deficit into the locker room at halftime.
The second half looked like more of the same for the Lady Rams as the team trailed the Lady Bulldogs, 38-33 with 13:58 left to play. Though the Lady Rams would continue to chip away, the team was never able overcome their deficit as they trailed the Lady Bulldogs, 47-42 with 5:46 left to play. It was there that the Lady Rams would make their stand as they clamped down for a 9-2 run that gave the team its first lead of the game, 51-49 with 2:38 left to play. Once in control of the game, the Lady Rams turned to their defensive efforts to close out the game as they held the Lady Bulldogs to just one field goal in the final four minutes of the game and hit some clutch free throws to seal the 56-51 win.
With the win, the Lady Rams improve to 9-4 overall and remain a perfect 3-0 in CIAA play. The team will hit the road for their next action when they head to Petersburg, Virginia to take on the Virginia State Lady Trojans, Thursday. 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.