WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (4-7, 0-3 CIAA) had a strong first half, but the team fell short late in an 81-64 loss to the Bowie State Bulldogs (8-3, 1-1 CIAA) in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) game, Monday afternoon. After controlling the first half of play, the Rams faded in the second half as Bowie State pulled away to claim the victory.
The Rams struggled offensively in the game and were unable to keep up with the overpowering inside presence of the Bulldogs. As a team, the Rams shot 39.2% (20-of-51) from the floor in the game, including shooting four-of-11 from the three-point line while allowing Bowie State to shooting 42.6% (26-of-61) from the floor. WSSU junior forward Brionna Pate led the way for the Rams with 18 points in the game while freshman guard Teara Johnson scored a career-high 13 points in the game. Senior guard Tiana Edwards added 10 points.
The first half was a hard fought one that the Rams were able to come out on top. Early on, Bowie State took control of the game, going ahead, 16-10 in the final minutes of the first quarter. However, the Rams scored six unanswered points in the final minute of the quarter, including a Johnson lay-up at the buzzer that tied the game, 16-16. The Rams kept things going in the second quarter when a Pate lay-up with 9:02 left in the second quarter left the Rams on top, 18-17. The Rams would go ahead by as many as three points, 26-23, with less than four minutes left to play. From there, the two teams would battle down the stretch of the quarter and traded leads until a Pate lay-up with 11 seconds left put the Rams on top, 36-34, which the team took into the locker at halftime.
Though the first half saw a tough effort by the Rams, the team was out-toughed in the second half. After pushing their lead to as many as four points, 43-39 with 7:31 left in the quarter, the Rams ran into some struggles as Bowie State went on an 11-4 run that left the Rams trailing, 58-51 at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Rams attempted to climb back into the game, but the team could not get any closer than four points, 58-54 after a three-pointer from Edwards at the 9:30 mark. From there, the Rams could find no answer for the Bulldogs and ended the night with the 81-64 loss.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 4-7 overall and 0-3 in CIAA play. The Rams will return to action on Sunday, December 31st when the team hosts the West Virginia State Yellowjackets in a 2:00 p.m. game at the C.E. Gaines Center on the campus of Winston-Salem State University.
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