RALEIGH, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (8-9, 3-5 CIAA) put on one of their best performances of the season when the team took a dominating 108-73 road win over the Shaw Lady Bears (5-14, 2-5 CIAA). The Rams put on an offensive clinic to take the win with their highest scoring effort of the season and scored at least 100 points for the second straight game.
The Rams took the win behind a stellar offensive performance. The Rams finished the game shooting a scorching hot 60.6% (43-of-71) from the floor and had six players to reach double-digit scoring in the game. WSSU senior center Kandace Tate led the way with a team-high 22 points in the game while senior forward Briana Arnold had a double-double 21 points with 16 rebounds in the game. The Rams also saw sophomore guard Jahlia Williams score a career-high with 16 points. She was joined by freshman guard Nyona Shields who also reached a career-high with 16 points as well. Freshman guard Teara Johnson rounded out the scoring effort with 14 points.
After playing the game close for much of the first quarter, the Rams came alive to take control of the game midway through the period and never looked back. After falling behind, 8-4 midway through the quarter the Rams broke out for a 12-2 run that was capped by an Edwards three-pointer with 4:35 left in the quarter to take a 13-9 lead with 4:35 left in the quarter. From there, the Rams remained in control for the remainder of the quarter. The Rams pushed their lead to as many as 12 points after a Williams lay-up with 1:58 left in the quarter gave the Rams a 24-12 lead. From there, the Rams cruised to a 28-17 first quarter lead.
The Rams had to fend off a strong second quarter for the Lady Bears, but the team remained in control. A Johnson jumper with 5:59 left in the quarter gave the Rams their largest lead of the quarter, 35-24. However, a late run by the Lady Bears whittled the WSSU lead down to seven points, 42-35 at halftime.
It was in the third quarter that the Rams offense really kicked into gear with the team scoring 33 points in the period. The Rams needed all of them with Shaw scoring 29 third quarter points of their own. The Rams saw their lead whittled down to just five points, 65-60 with 1:30 left in the quarter, but the Rams would go on a 10-4 run in the final minutes to close the quarter leading 75-64.
The fourth quarter saw the team's domination truly come into form as the team added a stellar defensive effort to its already potent offensive effort to outscore the Lady Bears 33-9 in the fourth quarter. The Rams opened the quarter with 15 unanswered points and didn't allow the Lady Bears to score for the first four minutes of the quarter to take a 91-64 lead. From there, the Rams continued to pull away with Shields hitting a jumper to give the Rams a 100-66 lead with 3:08 left to play. From there, the Rams simply cruised to their second straight win and finished the game with the 108-73 victory.
With the win, the Rams improve to 8-9 overall and 3-5 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. The win also improves the team to 2-0 in CIAA Southern Division play and possibly into first place in the division. The Rams will return to action, Wednesday evening when the team hosts the Fayetteville State Broncos in a 5:30 p.m. game at the C.E. Gaines Center on the campus of Winston-Salem State University.
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