ATLANTA, GA – The Winston-Salem State Rams (4-4) got their first road win of the season when the team took a 72-68 win over the Clark-Atlanta Panthers (5-3), Saturday afternoon. After spending much of the game staying slightly ahead of the Panthers, the Rams pulled away late to pull away with their second straight victory.
The Rams took the win behind a great overall effort. As a team, the Rams shot a solid 39.1% (25-of-64) from the floor while holding the Panthers to shooting just 35.7% (20-of-56) from the floor. WSSU junior forward Brionna Pate led the way for the Rams with a career double-double 20 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in the game while senior center Kandace Tate scored 13 points. Senior forward Briana Arnold added 10 points.
The first quarter was a hard-fought for the Rams, but in the end, the Rams were able to surge ahead late. After Clark-Atlanta started off with an early lead, the Rams clawed their way ahead with a three-point play from senior guard Tiana Edwards that gave the Rams a 14-13 lead with 2:29 left in the quarter. Clark-Atlanta would reclaim the lead, but the Rams would soon tie the game 19-19 at the end of the quarter.
In the second quarter, the Rams pulled away from the Panthers with a strong start. A Tate lay-up with 8:25 left in the quarter left the Rams on top 25-19. The Rams took their largest lead of the half when a pair of Arnold free throws left the Rams on top, 33-23 with 3:34 left in the half. From there, the Rams struggled to get their offense going as an Arnold lay-up with 00:15 left to play was the only score for the remainder of the half for the Rams. From there, Clark-Atlanta went on a solid run, cutting the WSSU lead down to three points, 35-32 at the half.
The third quarter saw another great run by the Rams. WSSU took its largest lead of the game, 43-32 with 7:33 left in the quarter after a jumper from Arnold. From there, the Rams had to fend off a late surge from the Panthers as their lead was trimmed down to as few as five points before closing the quarter with a 55-48 lead.
With a seven point lead heading into the fourth quarter, the Rams would not relent as the team pulled away late for the victory. Things got tough for the Rams midway through the quarter as Clark-Atlanta tied the game, 61-61 with 4:37 left to play before the Rams pulled away from the Panthers. In the final four minutes of the game, the Rams outscored the Panthers 11-7 to take the win. Pate did much of the work with four key points to lead the Rams to the 72-68 win.
With the win, the Rams improve to 4-4 overall. The team will return to action, Saturday when they host Johnson & Wales 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.