WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (2-2) gave a great overall effort, but could not get past the Belmont Abbey Crusaders (3-1) in a 72-63 loss, Saturday evening. After falling into an early first half deficit, the Lady Rams staged a furious second half rally that fell just short in the hard-fought loss.
The Lady Rams took the loss in spite of a solid overall effort as the team shot 42.0% from the floor, but were hampered by 24 turnovers and some early foul troubles. WSSU junior guard Angel Porter had a great game off the bench as she came in to score a team-high 15 points in the game while senior forward Dionna Scott added 13 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Sophomore center Sha'Quira Palmer added 10 points with five rebounds and a pair of blocked shots.
The Lady Rams got off to a slow start in the game as the team managed just two field goals in the opening nine minutes of the game and fell into an early 9-23 deficit. A Scott lay-up at the 10:33 mark would spark the Lady Rams midway through the half. The Lady Rams were able to cut their deficit back down to single digits when a jumper from sophomore forward Jasmine Carter capped a WSSU run that left the Lady Rams trailing 25-33 with 4:07 left. Another Carter jumper at the 2:48 mark was the only other WSSU field goal of the half while a Graham free throw at the 2:19 mark turned out to be the final WSSU score of the half and left the Lady Rams trailing 28-41 at the half.
The second half turned out to be a much different affair as the Lady Rams staged a great comeback effort that fell just short in the tough loss. The Lady Rams opened the half with a furious 14-5 run that pulled the team within four points, 42-46 with 15:14 left to play. The WSSU run continued with a Porter three-pointer pulled the Lady Rams to within striking distance, 49-51 with 12:44 left to play. The two teams continued to battle back and forth with the Crusaders staying in front, but the Lady Rams would pull to within one point, 59-60 when Porter hit another three-pointer with 5:51 left to play. Unfortunately, the three-pointer turned out to be the final WSSU field goal of the game. Four free throws were all that the Lady Rams could manage in the 72-63 loss.
With the loss, the Lady Rams fall to 2-2 on the season and close out a four-game home stand. The team will head to Orangeburg, S.C. for their first road game of the season as they take on Claflin, Tuesday evening. 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.