ETTRICK, VA – The Winston-Salem State Rams (5-5, 2-3 CIAA) came up on the short end of a defensive struggle when the Rams took a 54-46 road loss to the Virginia State Trojans (6-5, 3-1 CIAA), Thursday evening. Strong defense was the order of the day with both teams making shots hard to make. However, in the end, it was the Rams who took the loss in the end.
The Rams took the loss in spite of one of their best defensive performances of the season. In addition to holding their opponents to just 54 points in the game, the Rams held the Trojans to shooting just 32.7% (16-of-49) in the game and the team forced 24 Trojan turnovers. However, as impressive as the WSSU defense was in the game, the team could not get past the tough defense of the Trojans. The Rams were held to shooting just 34.8% (16-of-46) in the game. WSSU senior forward Brandi Segars continued her strong start to the season when she scored a game-high 12 points in the game. Sophomore forward Melody Prichard added 11 points in the game. Sophomore forward Dajha Williams led the Rams' rebounding effort with eight rebounds in the game.
The defense for both teams was especially impressive in the first half of the game. The two teams played to a 14-14 tie at the end of the first quarter before the Rams were outscored 10-8 in the second quarter to take a 24-22 deficit into the locker room at the end of the second quarter. The Rams bounced back for a strong third quarter when the team outscored the Trojans 14-12 to tie the game, 36-36 heading into the fourth quarter. However, the Rams simply ran out of gas as they allowed the Trojans to outscore them, 18-10 to take the 54-46 loss.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 5-5 overall and 2-3 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. The team will return to action, Saturday, when the Rams head to Richmond, Virginia to take on the Virginia Union Panthers. 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.