WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (5-7) had a spectacular effort with the team took an historic 103-81 win over the West Virginia State Yellowjackets (3-9), Sunday afternoon. The Rams' 103 points were the most that the team scored since 2003 and gave the team a tremendous end to 2017. The Rams last scored 100 points in a 2012 win at Saint Augustine's and the team scored 116 points in a 2003 win over Bennett College.
The Rams had an historic offensive effort in the win. The Rams shot a scorching 57.5% (42-of-73) to claim the win. The team had five players to reach double-digit scoring in the win. WSSU senior guard Tiana Edwards scored a career-high 25 points, including hitting six three pointers in the game. Senior forward Briana Arnold added 18 points with a career-high 18 rebounds in the game. Fellow senior center Kandace Tate added 18 points with seven rebounds. Junior forward Brionna Pate added 17 points with 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Teara Johnson scored 12 points as well.
The Rams took control of the game with a great first half effort. After tying the first quarter, the Rams broke out for a second quarter lead and never looked back. The Yellowjackets got the early lead in the game, 7-4 before the Rams broke out for a 12-2 run that was capped by a lay-up from Arnold that left the team on top, 16-9, with 4:54 left in the quarter. From there, the Rams had to hold off the Yellowjackets, but fell behind 20-21 with just under a minute left, but the Rams tied the game 23-23 at the end of the quarter.
It was in the second quarter that the Rams took control of the game. An Arnold free throw with 6:47 left in the quarter capped a 10-2 run and kept the Rams on top, 33-25. From here, the Rams stayed ahead of the Yellowjackets, including pushing their lead to as many as 13 points, 51-38, after an Edwards lay-up with a minute left to play. From there, the Rams cruised into the locker room with a comfortable 54-43 halftime lead.
In the second half, the Rams combined a solid third quarter with a breakout fourth quarter to cruise to the win. West Virginia State came out strong early in the half and cut the Rams lead down to single digits, 54-45 with just over nine minutes left in the quarter. From there, the Rams got things back on track and held on to their lead. The Rams remained in control of the game, but the team had to fend off a three-point barrage from the Yellowjackets that cut the WSSU lead down to seven points, 64-57, with 3:50 left in the quarter. The Rams answered the challenge with eight unanswered points and held West Virginia State scoreless for the remainder of the quarter and took a 72-57 lead into the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter belonged to the Rams as the team outscored the Yellowjackets, 31-24 to complete the historic victory.
The win snaps a three-game skid for the Rams and improves the team to 5-7 overall. It will also give the Rams some much needed momentum heading back into conference play. The Rams will return to action in 2018 when the team heads to Petersburg, Virginia to take on the Virginia State Trojans on January 4th.
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