Tough Defense Not Enough for Rams in 54-48 Loss at #23 Bowie State

BOWIE, MD – The Winston-Salem State Rams (6-7) put on one of their best defensive efforts of the season, but the effort was not enough when the team took a 54-48 road loss to the #23 Bowie State Bulldogs (13-0), Saturday afternoon. The Rams put on another of their trademark strong defensive performances, but the team could not overcome a slow offensive start in the hard-fought road loss.

The Rams took the loss in spite of one of their best defensive efforts of the season. Winston-Salem State held the undefeated Bulldogs to just 54 points and allowed them to shoot just 27.5% (14-of-51) from their home floor in the game. However, the Rams could only manage just 48 points and shot 30.4% (17-of-56) in the game. The Rams were also plagued by foul troubles in the game with 28 team personal fouls and sent the Bulldogs to the free throw line for 36 attempts. WSSU senior guard Taylor Daniels led the Rams' scoring attack with 18 points in the game. Graduate forward Brandi Segars added 10 points with seven rebounds. Sophomore forward Kyree Hall led the Rams' rebounding effort with eight rebounds.

Winston-Salem State had one of its worst offensive halves of the season with just 13 points in the first two quarters of the game. The Rams were outscored 18-3 in the first quarter and 15-10 in the second quarter. The team managed just one first quarter field goal and two second quarter field goals to take a 33-13 deficit into the locker room at the half.

The Rams had a much better effort in the second half. The team was especially impressive in the third quarter when they turned the tables on the Bulldogs. The Rams held the Bulldogs to just one field goal and five third quarter points. The Rams took advantage of their strong defense to chip away at their deficit and cut the BSU lead down to just six points, 38-32 heading into the fourth quarter. The Rams kept up their solid offense with 16 points, but the team allowed 16 points to the Bulldogs in the final quarter to take the 54-48 loss.

The game marked the third time this season that the Rams held an opponent to 53 or fewer points. The loss drops the Rams to 6-8 overall. The team will not have long to rest, however, as they will return home to take on the Virginia State Trojans, Thursday at 5:30 p.m. 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.