ELON, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams showed some great potential when the team took a 77-48 exhibition loss to the Elon Phoenix, Tuesday evening. The Rams looked good early, but some second half struggles cost the team in the tough loss.
The Rams took the loss in spite of a solid overall effort against their NCAA Division I foes. As a team, the Rams shot 27.6% (16-of-68) from the floor with 28 turnovers. WSSU redshirt-senior guard Brandi Segars led the way for the Rams with 11 points in the game. She also added four steals with five rebounds. Sophomore guard Amaya Tucker matched her effort with 11 points of her own. Sophomore Dahja Williams led the WSSU rebounding effort with nine rebounds in the game.
Things looked good for the Rams with a strong first half of play. The first quarter was especially impressive for the Rams who ended the period with a 15-14 lead. A Tucker free throw with just over four minutes left in the quarter gave the Rams a 10-9 lead. The team went ahead by as many as four points, 15-11 after a three-pointer from senior guard Taylor Daniels with just 00:17 left in the quarter, but the Rams allowed a three-pointer to the Phoenix at the buzzer to leave the Rams on top, 15-14. The second quarter was not so impressive, however, as the Rams were outscored 24-7 to take a 38-22 deficit into the locker room at halftime.
In the second half, the Rams continued to struggle, but the team came back with a solid fourth quarter effort. In the third quarter, the Rams were outscored 21-12, including being held without a field goal until the final three minutes of the game. A Williams three-pointer was the only field goal that the team would muster until the final minutes of the quarter with a Tucker jumper left the Rams trailing, 59-30 with 00:57 left in the quarter. From there, the Rams added four free throws to take a 59-34 deficit into the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter was promising for the Rams who 38.5% (five-of-13) from the floor in the final period of the game. Four of the Rams' five made field goals were three-pointers. In the end, the Rams ended the game with a 77-48 loss.
The loss will complete the exhibition season for the Rams. The team will open the 2019-20 regular season, Saturday, when the team heads to Institute, West Virginia to take on the Notre Dame of Ohio Falcons in the Conference Challenge. The Rams will open home court, Tuesday, November 12th when the team hosts the Converse Valkyries in a 5:30 p.m. game.
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