MURFREESBORO, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (6-8, 1-3 CIAA) bounced back in a big way to take a 101-96 overtime road win over the Chowan Lady Hawks (11-3, 3-1 CIAA), Saturday afternoon. The Rams took the win behind a pair of dominating performances from senior center Kandace Tate and junior forward Brionna Pate as the two combined to score 66 of the Rams points in the win.
The Rams put on their second offensive explosion in a week to claim the victory. After scoring 103 points in a home win over West Virginia State last Sunday, the Rams broke the century mark again with 101 points, Saturday. As a team, the Rams shot 50.7% (36-of-71) from the floor while holding the Lady Hawks to shooting just 41.4% (36-of-87) from the floor. It was Pate that led the way for the Rams with 35 points with 13 rebounds in the game while Tate added 31 points as well. Senior guard Tiana Edwards added 15 points in the game.
The game was a dramatic one with a thrilling first and second half efforts from both teams. The Rams took control of the game early with an 8-0 run that was capped by an Edwards three-pointer with 7:41 left in the quarter. Though Chowan would attempt to cut into the Rams' lead, the Rams held on to take a 19-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Rams pushed their lead to as many as 10 points, 23-13, after a pair of Pate free throws with 8:52 left in the half. Chowan would work to cut the WSSU lead down to just two points, 34-32 with 3:24 left to play, but the Rams would never relent as they took their 42-40 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The drama would continue in the second quarter. The Rams started the half on the right note as they pushed their lead to double-digits once again after a Pate jumper at the 5:49 mark gave the team a 55-44 lead. The WSSU lead would not hold up, however, as Chowan erased the lead and even left the Rams trailing, 60-62 with 1:22 left in the quarter. The Rams would answer in a big way with four straight points, including a pair of free throws from freshman guard Nyona Shields and a jumper from Tate that ended the quarter with the Rams on top, 64-60. The effort would set the stage for a dramatic fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter was a see saw battle with both teams claiming leads throughout the period. After going ahead by as many as five points, 69-64 after a Pate three-pointer with 8:38 left to play, the Rams eventually found themselves trailing, 73-72 with 6:40 left in the quarter. In the final minutes, the lead swung from side to side with the Rams falling behind by as many as four points. However, Pate would hit a jumper with 00:08 left to play to tie the game, 88-88 before a Chowan missed jumper at the buzzer sent the game into overtime.
The Rams dominated the overtime period, outscoring the Lady Hawks, 13-8 to claim the win. After falling behind 89-90 with 3:52 left to play, the Rams went on an 8-3 run that was capped by a pair of Tate free throws to go ahead 97-93. From there, the Rams clamped down on defense and never allowed the Lady Hawks to regain the lead and sealed the 101-96 win.
The 101 points marked the second time in a week that the Rams scored at least 100 points in a week. Prior to last Sunday, the team hadn't scored 100 points since the 2012 season.
With the win, the Ram improve to 5-7 overall and 6-8 overall and 1-3 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. The Rams will return to action, Monday evening when the team closes out its three-game road trip with a 5:30 p.m. game at Elizabeth City State. 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.