BOWIE, MD – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (7-6, 2-1 CIAA) clicked on all cylinders when the team took an impressive 66-41 road win over the Bowie State Lady Bulldogs (4-7, 1-2 CIAA), Monday evening. The Lady Rams took the win after combining a stellar offensive effort with their usual strong defensive play to pick up their second straight Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) win of the season.
The Lady Rams scored a season-high 66 points in the win while shooting a stellar 51% from the field in the game, including a game-high 14 points by junior guard Taylar Wells and a season-high 12 points by sophomore forward Jovonah Graham. Senior forward Schatavia Gray added 11 points and a game-high eight rebounds while junior guard Tareka Cesar added 11 points. The WSSU defense was equally impressive, holding Bowie State to shooting just 24.5% from the field in the game. As the team, the Lady Rams didn't allow any BSU player to hit more than two field goals in the game.
The Lady Rams took control of the game early, jumping out to a 13-2 lead, following a Cesar three-pointer at the 13:52 mark. Though Bowie State would get their offense going midway through the half and cut the WSSU lead down to 10 points, 24-14 with 4:31 left to play, the Lady Rams would turn up their defensive efforts and hit some clutch shots to go on a 7-2 run in the final minutes of the half to take a 31-16 lead into the locker room at halftime.
In the second half, the Lady Rams had to hold off both a tenacious Bowie State team as well as the injury bug in order to claim the victory. Bowie State came out strong early in the half, cutting the WSSU lead down to 10 points, 38-28 with 13:36 left to play, however, the Lady Rams would not let in with a brief 6-1 lead that kept the Lady Rams on top, 44-29 with 11:53 left to play. The Lady Rams had to fend off one last BSU push as WSSU saw its lead cut down to 11 points, 47-36 with 8:08 left to play. In the final minutes, the Lady Rams kicked things into gear, going on a 19-5 run that closed out the game and sealed the WSSU victory.
With the win, the Lady Rams complete their opening CIAA road trip with a 2-1 record and will return home with a two-game conference winning streak. The team will return to action, Thursday when they host the Virginia State Lady Trojans in a 5:30 p.m. game at the C.E. Gaines Center. For more information on Lady Rams basketball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.