SHEPHERDSTOWN, WVA – The Winston-Salem State Rams (0-2) gave a solid defensive effort, but the team fell short in a 64-52 loss to the Pitt-Johnstown Mountain Cats (2-0), Saturday afternoon. The Rams found points hard to come by as they tried to keep up with the Mountain Cats.
The Rams put on an aggressive offensive effort, but the struggled to hit shots in the game. As a team, the Rams were held to shooting 31.0% (22-of-71) in the game while allowing the Mountain Cats to shoot 43.8% (21-of-48) from the floor. WSSU freshman guard Amaya Tucker led the way for the Rams with 10 points off the bench. Junior guard Taylor Daniels and freshman guard Dahja Williams added eight points each in the game. Williams also pulled in 10 rebounds.
The first quarter belonged to the Rams as the team got out of the gate with a strong start and held on to claim the quarter. The Rams jumped out to an early 6-2 lead after a jumper from freshman guard Kyree Hall with 6:13 left in the quarter. From there, the team went cold, not hitting a jumper until the final minutes of the quarter. The team was able to hold on to their lead after freshman Laichelle Sparrow hit a free throw with 00:38 left in the quarter to give the team a 13-11 lead at the end of the quarter. The WSSU lead lasted early in the second quarter, but the team soon found the score tied 17-17 midway through the quarter. However, the Rams would not give up their lead as a Tucker three-pointer left the Rams on top, 22-19 with 2:39 left in the second quarter. The Rams would go cold as the team was held scoreless for the remainder of the quarter and took a 29-22 deficit into the locker room at halftime.
The Rams had to fight their way past an early drought in the second half, but the team was up to the challenge. WSSU was held scoreless for the first two minutes of the third quarter to fall behind, 31-22. However, the team got back into the game when a Daniels jumper with 4:34 left in the quarter capped a run that pulled the Rams to within four points, 36-32. The Rams would get no closer, however, as they fell behind by as many as 10 points, 42-32, before a late run by the team cut the WSSU deficit down to six points, 42-36. In the fourth quarter, the Rams kept up their efforts to erase their deficit, but the team got no closer than five points, 46-41 after a lay-up from freshman guard Hailey Gipson with 8:50 left to play. In the final minutes, the Rams allowed the Mountain Cats to pull away for the 64-52 loss.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 0-2 to start the season. The team will return to action, Friday, when the team heads to nearby Greensboro, N.C. to take on NCAA Division I foe, North Carolina A&T in a 5:30 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.