WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State University Rams (7-8) broke out for a big second half to claim a 68-57 win over the Virginia State Trojans (8-9), Thursday evening. The Rams utilized a third-quarter break out to claim the non-conference win and snapped a two-game skid.
The Rams played their signature tough defense in the game, but the team broke out for enough offense to claim the win. As a team, the Rams shot a solid 37.5% (24-of-64) in the game with only 13 turnovers in the game. Defensively, the Rams put on a show when they forced 22 turnovers by the Trojans. WSSU redshirt-senior Brandi Segars led the way for the Rams with a game-high 21 points. She also led the team with eight rebounds.
The game had an exciting beginning with both teams playing strong in the first quarter. After allowing the Trojans to open the game with a hot start and falling behind, 6-0, the Rams stormed back to tie the game, 9-9 after a three-pointer from senior guard Jahlia Williams with 3:11 left in the quarter. From there, the two teams traded leads for the final minutes of the quarter. The Rams allowed a late three-pointer to the Trojans to take a 16-15 deficit at the end of the quarter.
The second quarter saw another thrilling performance from the two teams battling for the entire quarter. The Trojans opened the quarter by taking a 21-17 lead after a VSU lay-up. However, the Rams soon bounced back to claim a 23-21 lead after a three-pointer from sophomore guard Kyree Hall with 6:05 left in the second quarter. After going ahead by as many as five points, 28-23, the Rams found themselves holding off a late charge by the Trojans that left the score tied 28-28 with just over two minutes left in the quarter. However, the Rams would not let go of their lead and took a 31-30 lead into the locker room at the half.
The third quarter was when the Rams took over the game. For the quarter, the Rams outscored the Trojans 23-7 and went ahead by as many as 17 points, 54-37 at the end of the quarter. The tables turned on the Rams in the fourth quarter with the Trojans outscoring the Rams 20-14. The Rams would not let their win slip away, however. The Rams went ahead by as many as 20 points, 66-44, before allowing the Trojans to attempt a comeback. The WSSU lead was whittled down to 10 points in the final seconds of the game, but a free throw from sophomore guard Hailey Gibson with a second left to play sealed the Rams' 68-57 win.
With the win, the Rams improve to 7-8 on the season. The team will return home for their next game when they host the Virginia Union Panthers in a 2:00 p.m. game, Saturday afternoon. For more information on Rams women's basketball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on the www.WSSURams.com.