ELIZABETH CITY, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (5-4, 2-2 CIAA) turned to their defense to claim a 55-45 win over the Elizabeth City State Lady Vikings (2-5, 2-2 CIAA), Saturday afternoon. The Rams held the Lady Vikings to just 45 points to claim their second straight Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) road win.
While the team's defense took center stage, the Rams saw some timely offense to claim the win. As a team, the Rams held the Lady Vikings to shooting just 17 field goals and just 35.4% (17-of-48) for the game The Rams didn't fare much better shooting the ball as they shot 35.6% (21-of-59) from the floor in the game. The Rams were also stung by the turnover bug with the team committing 24 turnovers in the game. WSSU senior guard Taylor Daniels led the way for the Rams when she scored a career-high 17 points in the game while junior guard Melody Prichard added 16 points and she tied for the team lead with six rebounds.
The first half turned out to be a defensive showcase for the two teams as points were hard to come by for both teams. In the first quarter, the two teams played to a 13-13 tie with neither team leading by more than two points for the entire quarter. The defensive intensity carried over into the second quarter, but the Rams soon kicked things into gear late in the quarter. After holding a 20-19 lead near the midpoint of the quarter, the Rams allowed just three points to the Lady Vikings while going on an 8-3 run to take a 28-22 halftime lead.
In the second half, both teams still had a hard time scoring, but the Rams hit the shots that they needed to claim the win. The third quarter belonged to the Rams who outscored the Lady Vikings 13-12 during the quarter. Early in the quarter, the Rams allowed the Lady Vikings to come out with a hot start and tied the game, 30-30 in the first two minutes of the third quarter. However, the Rams had an answer as they held the Lady Vikings to just four points in the final seven minutes of the quarter to take a 41-34 lead heading into the final quarter. The Rams controlled the entire fourth quarter, but the team had to hold off a late charge from the Lady Vikings when an ECSU three-pointer left the Rams on top, 45-41 with 6:498 left to play. However, that was a close as the Rams would allow the Lady Vikings to get as the team held the Lady Vikings without a field goal for the final four minutes of the game and rolled to the 55-45 road win.
With the win, the Rams improve to 5-4 overall and 2-2 in CIAA play. The team will return to the road for their next action as they will head to Ettrick, Virginia to take on the Virginia State Trojans, Thursday evening. 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.