Rams Fall Short in Overtime
Concord outscored the WSSU women's basketball team 10-7 in overtime to spoil the Rams season opener, 78-75. The two teams were deadlocked at 68-68 at the end of regulation. The game was the first of a doubleheader in Fairmont, WV.
Redshirt sophomore Amaya Tucker led the Rams with 20 points, including 3-4 from the 3-point line and 5-7 at the free throw line. WSSU also got outstanding performances from sophomore Tyliah Burns who scored 15 points and graduate student Brooke Spaulding with 13 points.
Burns ripped the nets with 5-6 shooting and 3-4 beyond the ark. Spaulding also gathered five rebounds.
WSSU shot 46 percent from the floor and a blistering 9 of 14 from the three-point line. However, the Rams struggled at the charity stripe, making only 10 of 17 for 58 percent.
The game featured seven lead changes and five ties. 'SU went on a 12-point scoring run to capture an eight-point lead, its largest of the game, with 3:13 to play in the first quarter. Concord matched that with an eight-point lead in the second quarter. The first half ended with the Mountain Lions holding a 38-34 advantage.
WSSU outscored Concord 17-9 in the third quarter to hold a four-point advantage entering the final 10 minutes of regulation. The Mountain Lions outscored the Rams 21-17 in the last quarter, forcing the overtime.
Concord outscored 'SU in the paint, 36-24, but the Rams held the advantage in fast break points, 15-9. Coach L'Tona Lamonte got great scoring off the bench with a 24-8 advantage.
The Rams will play Fairmont State at 4 p.m. Sunday in the second game of the weekend's West Virginia doubleheader. WSSU's first home game is Wednesday when the cross town Carolina University Bruins make the short trip to the C.E. Gaines Center. Tip off is at 5:30 p.m.