RICHMOND, VA – The points were hard to come by for the Winston-Salem State Rams (5-6, 2-4 CIAA) when the team took a 51-36 road loss to the #9 Virginia Union Panthers (7-1, 3-0 CIAA), Saturday afternoon. The Rams played a strong defensive game, but the team could not quite get their offense into gear as they took their second straight Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) loss.
The Rams played a solid defensive game, holding the usually potent Panthers to just 51 points, but the team's offensive struggles proved too much to overcome in the loss. Defensively, the Rams held the Panthers to shooting just 30.6% (15-of-49) from their home floor. However, the Rams were held in check, shooting just 21.7% (13-of-60) from the floor. WSSU senior forward Brandi Segars led the way for the Rams with nine points in the game. She also led the Rams' rebounding effort with six rebounds as well.
After opening the game with an impressive first quarter, the Rams wee stifled in the three remaining quarters to take the loss. The Rams were impressive in the first quarter when they outscored the Panthers, 13-12. The Rams fell behind early in the first quarter, but stormed back in the final minutes of the first quarter to take the 13-12 lead on a lay-up from junior guard Teara Johnson with 00:42 left in the first quarter. Things got a lot tougher from there on for the Rams as the team scored just six second quarter points, nine third quarter points, and eight fourth quarter points to take the 51-36 loss.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 5-6 overall and 2-4 in CIAA play. The team will return to action, Saturday, when they host the Saint Augustine's Falcons in a 2:00 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.