Ram Finish Strong Against Fairmont State
The Winston-Salem State Women's basketball team secured a first-quarter 16-12 lead and fought off a Fairmont State fourth-quarter rally to claim its first victory, 74-69, of the 2021-2022 season in Fairmont, WV. 'SU evens its record at 1-1.
The Rams, led by redshirt sophomore Amaya Tucker's 19 points, were up 31-23 at halftime. The teams each scored 20 third-quarter points, and Fairmont State outscored WSSU by three in the final ten minutes, but it wasn't enough to overcome 'SU.
The Rams shot a blistering 47.5 percent from the floor for the game and 77.8 percent from the free throw line, connecting on 14-18. 'SU dominated inside the paint, scoring 40 points to Fairmont State's 20. Coach L'Tona Lamonte's team also controlled the boards with a 42-30 advantage. Bench points also favored WSSU, 24-14.
The game featured only three ties and three lead changes, all coming in the game's first four minutes. WSSU grabbed a 10-9 lead with 5:20 to play in the opening ten minutes and steadily maintained a double-digit lead for most of the second quarter.
Tucker's three-pointer with 6:46 to play in the third quarter gave the Rams their biggest lead in the game, a 17-point advantage at 40-23. Fairmont State reduced its deficit to one point, 56-55, with 6:17 to play in the game. Tucker's second three-pointer pushed the lead back to 62-55 with 5:26 to play.
Fairmont State would come to within four points with 4:04 remaining and twice in the last 40 seconds, but Tucker would hit four free throws to seal the win.
Tucker was 4-13 from the floor, 2-4 from the three-point line and hit nine of her 12 free throw attempts. Spaulding was 5-9 from the floor, while Ross was nearly perfect, hitting five of her six shots.
WSSU opens its home season Wednesday night with a game against nearby Carolina University. Tip off is 5:30 at the C.E. Gaines Center.