HICKORY, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (1-5) struggled to get points on the scoreboard when the team took an 86-59 road loss to the Lenoir-Rhyne (3-3) Bears, Sunday afternoon. The Rams were aggressive all game long and played some solid defense, but the team could not quite get in sync on offense when they took the hard-fought loss.
The Rams had an especially tough time offensively in the game. As a team, they shot just 27.6% (16-58) in the game. WSSU senior forward Brionna Pate had a big second half to finish the game with a double-double, 17 points and 10 rebounds in the game. Sophomore Teara Johnson added 13 points with two assists. Freshman guard Amaya Tucker continued her strong season with 11 points off the bench.
The WSSU struggles arrived early as the team struggled in the first quarter. The Rams managed just eight points in the quarter with just two made field goals in the quarter. At the end of the first quarter, the Rams trailed 26-8. The second quarter saw a better effort from the Rams, but they still could not stop the hot-shooting Bears. The Rams managed just three field goals during the quarter, but the team's aggressive play paid off when they went seven-for-10 from the free throw line in the quarter. After falling behind by as many as 24 points during the quarter, the Rams cut their deficit down to 20 points, 41-21 after a Tucker three-pointer with 2:24 left in the quarter. From there, the WSSU deficit grew to 29 points in the final minutes as they took a 73-44 deficit into the locker room at halftime.
In the second half, the Rams made an effort to get back into the game, but they could never seem to get things back into order. The third quarter saw the best effort for the Rams as the team scored 21 points. After falling behind by as many as 34 points, the Rams cut their deficit down to 27 points, 73-44 at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Rams outscored the Bears, 15-13, but the effort was not quite enough as they ended the day with the loss.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 1-5 this season. The team will return to action this weekend when they host the third annual Red & White Classic. 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.