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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.

Graduate student Brooke Spaulding chipped in 12 points and had six rebounds. Senior Kendra Ross scored 11 points and had six rebounds.  Senior Hailey Gipson led 'SU with eight rebounds.

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.