WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (4-4) broke out for a big 71-53 win over the Barton Bulldogs (5-6), Thursday evening. After playing to a 31-31 halftime tie, the Rams outscored the Bulldogs, 40-22 in the second half to pull away with their second home victory of the season. The fourth quarter highlighted the effort for the Rams as the team scored 21 points while holding Barton to scoring just six points.
The Rams took the win behind a balanced offensive effort with a season-high 71 points in the game. Four Rams reached double-digit scoring with junior forward Trei Torain leading the way with 15 points. Junior forwards Jatzmin Johnson, Sha'Quira Palmer, and sophomore forward Briana Arnold each added 10 points in the game as well. Junior forward Taylor Boyd led the WSSU rebounding effort with eight rebounds in the game while junior center Kandace Tate added five rebounds.
The game was very competitive for both teams with momentum swinging to both ends of the court. After allowing the Bulldogs to go ahead, 7-4 with 6:40 left in the half, the Rams battled scored five unanswered points to go ahead, 9-7 with just under five minutes left in the quarter. The Rams allowed Barton to regain control of the game in the final minutes as Barton closed the quarter with a 10-4 run that left the Rams trailing, 13-17.
The second quarter turned out to be a different story as the Rams outscored the Bulldogs 18-14. After falling behind by as many as six points, 16-22 with 7:24 left in the half, the Rams kicked things into gear with an 8-4 run that included three Palmer free throws tied the game, 22-22 on an Arnold lay-up with 5:19 left in the half. The Rams struggled once again late in the half as the team fell behind by as many as seven points, 31-24 with around three minutes left in the half. From there, the Rams clamped down on defense as they held the Bulldogs scoreless for the final three minutes of the half, including getting a steal with nine seconds left in the half and hitting a Carter jumper that tied the game, 31-31 at halftime.
The second half told and entirely different story as the Rams took all of the momentum and claimed the victory. After allowing a Barton three-pointer early, the Rams clamped down once again and went on a 13-4 run to take control of the game, 44-38. The Rams had to fend off the Bulldogs once again as they allowed the team to once again regain the lead, 47-46 with just a minute left in the third quarter. The Rams would close the quarter with four unanswered points to take a 50-47 lead into the fourth quarter.
It was then that the Rams took control as they held the Bulldogs scoreless for the first three minutes of the quarter and jumped ahead, 56-47. The final five minutes of the game were where the Rams really dominated. After building a 61-50 lead, the Rams held the Bulldogs to just one field goal during the span and cruised to the 71-53 victory.
With the win, the Rams improve to 4-4 on the season and 2-2 in home games. The team will have a chance to enter the Christmas break with a winning record as they hit the road to take on the West Virginia State Yellowjackets, Sunday. 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.