Rams Open Season with a 67-58 Loss to Notre Dame (Ohio)

INSTITUTE, WVA – The Winston-Salem State Rams (0-1) got the season started on a sour note when the team took a 67-58 loss to the Notre Dame (Ohio) Falcons, Saturday afternoon. After an impressive first half of play, the Rams allowed the Falcons to pull away late in the tough loss.

The Rams were not able to get their offense going in the tough loss. As a team, the Rams totaled just 58 points in the game and shot just 32.8% (20-of-61) from the floor. The team also totaled 23 turnovers in the game. WSSU sophomore guard Amaya Tucker led the way for the Rams with 20 points in the game. Redshirt-senior forward Brandi Segars added 10 points as well.

The game was a competitive one early in the game. The Rams managed just eight first quarter points, including allowing the Falcons to close the quarter with an 8-3 run that ended the quarter with WSSU trailing 15-8. The Rams responded in a big way in the second quarter. The team outscored the Falcons 16-11 to only trail the Falcons 26-24 at halftime. The quarter included some impressive play by the Rams who closed the quarter with an 8-2 run that was capped by a jumper from sophomore guard Kyree Hall and ended the half with the Rams trailing, 26-24.

The second half told a similar story. The Rams allowed the Falcons to pull away in the third quarter, but made a solid comeback effort in the fourth quarter that simply fell short. In the third quarter, the Rams were outscored 22-14. The Rams were held to just one field goal in the final five minutes of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Rams played much better. The team outscored the Falcons 20-19, but the effort was not enough to overcome their deficit and claim the win. After opening the fourth quarter trailing, 48-38, the Rams came back with a solid fourth quarter. In the final minutes of the fourth quarter, the Rams cut their deficit down to just five points 60-55 after a jumper from sophomore forward Dahja Williams with 1:57 left to play. The Rams were able to pull to within four points, 60-56 after a free throw from Tucker with 00:39 left to play. In the final seconds, the Rams allowed the Falcons to connect on eight free throws and closed the 67-58 loss.

With the loss, the Rams fall to 0-1 to open the season. The team will take on the host West Virginia State Yellowjackets in a 3:00 pm 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.