RICHMOND, VA – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (2-2) picked up their first road win in style with an impressive 61-50 win at Virginia Union (1-3), Tuesday evening at Barco-Stevens Hall. The Lady Rams rolled to the win behind a solid defensive performance as the team held the home-standing Panthers to shooting just 31.6% from the floor and forcing 22 turnovers in the game.
Though it was the WSSU defense that turned out to be the key to the victory, the team gave a solid offensive performance as well, scoring 61 points and shooting 40.7% from the field. WSSU junior forward Dionna Scott led the way for the Lady Rams with 19 points and six rebounds in the game. Fellow junior guard McKenzie Weston added 10 points as well, shooting a perfect eight-for-eight from the free throw line. Junior forward Jovonah Graham continued her great start to the season with six points and a team-high eight rebounds in the game.
The game was a see-saw battle in the early going with neither team going ahead by more than three points for most of the first half. A pair of Weston free throws at the 11:25 mark gave the Lady Rams a 16-11 lead, their largest of the half, but the Panthers would answer with a 7-2 run to tie the game 18-18 with 8:51 left. From there, the two teams continued their battle until Panthers jumped out to a 27-22 lead with 2:08 left. From there, the two teams managed just one field goal each with the Lady Rams taking a 29-26 deficit into the locker room at halftime.
In the second half, the Lady Rams jumped out with a furious effort to take control of the game as a jumper by senior forward Amanda Hairston at the 14:53 mark capped a 13-4 run and gave the Lady Rams a 40-33 lead. Once in control of the game, the Lady Rams never looked back. The Panthers would make a run, cutting the WSSU lead down to five points, 46-41 with 9:07 left. However, the Lady Rams would never give in with seven made free throws in the final six minutes of play, including four straight makes in the final 1:30 of play. The team also clamped down defensively, holding the Panthers to just four made field goals in the final six minutes.
With the win, the Lady Rams improve to 2-2 on the season and will return to the road for their next action when the team heads to Edinboro, Pennsylvania to take on the Edinboro (Pa.) Fighting Scots. 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.