Rams Take a Heartbreaking 57-53 Loss to Bowie State in CIAA Opener

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (3-3, 0-1 CIAA) played a terrific game for 39 minutes, but the final minute proved to be the difference when the Rams took a 57-53 loss to the Bowie State Bulldogs, Saturday afternoon. The Rams controlled the game until the final minute when the team took the hard-fought loss.

The loss came in spite of a solid overall game for the Rams. The Rams shot a solid 47.1% (eight-of-17) from the three-point line. However, the team committed 22 turnovers in the game. As a team, the Rams were held to shooting just 37.3% (19-of-51) in the game. WSSU sophomore forward Melody Prichard led the way for the Rams with 17 points in the game. Senior forward Brandi Segars added 15 points with eight rebounds.

The Rams controlled the first half with some strong play. The team got off to a slow start with Bowie State holding an early lead, but the Rams soon took control when the team closed the first quarter with and 8-0 run and took a 21-16 lead over the Bulldogs. In the second quarter, defense was the name of the game with the Rams and Bulldogs combining for 17 points. In the end, WSSU outscored the Bulldogs, 9-8 to take a 30-24 lead into the locker room.  

The second half saw the Rams holding off a strong comeback effort by the Bulldogs for much of the time, but the team faltered in the final seconds of the loss. IN the third quarter, the Rams allowed the Bulldogs to outscore them, 12-7. At the end of the quarter, the Rams held on to a slim, 37-36 lead. The fourth quarter was a tough one for the Rams, but the team stepped up to the challenge at nearly every turn. When the Bulldogs claimed their first lead of the quarter, the Rams answered with a Prichard three-pointer that put the Rams back on top, 40-38 with 8:25 left to play. In the final minutes of the game, both teams traded leads. The Rams built a 53-48 lead after a Prichard lay-up with 2:23. The Rams were held scoreless for the remainder of the game, but the team's defense held the Bulldogs at bay. WSSU held a 53-51 lead before allowing a BSU lay-up with 1:02 left to play. The Rams also allowed a BSU lay-up with just 11 seconds left to play to leave the team trailing, 55-53. The Rams turned the ball over on their final play of the game and allowed a Bulldog breakaway lay-up to seal the WSSU 57-53 loss.

With the loss, the Rams fall to 3-3 overall and 0-1 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. The Rams will return to action, Monday, when the team hosts the Lincoln (Pa.) Lady Lions 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.