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Rams Cruise Past USC-Aiken

Winston-Salem State's Women's basketball team outscored USC-Aiken 28-10 in the third quarter, erasing a one-point halftime deficit and coasted to their third straight win, 77-61, at the C.E. Gaines Center.

The Rams, led by sophomore Amaya Tucker's 23 points, overcame 17.6 percent shooting (3-17) at the three-point line by hitting 18-22 free throws for a blistering 81.8 percent.  Graduate student Brooke Spaulding contributed 13 points and had eight assists.  Senior Kendra Ross led 'SU in rebounding with seven boards and added 10 points.

The first two quarters featured four lead changes and two ties.  WSSU was up by nine points, 15-6, on senior Hailey Gipson's jumper with 47 seconds to play in the first quarter.  The Rams maintained seven-point lead on three occasions in the second quarter.  Gipson's jumper with 7:46 to play gave 'SU a 23-16 lead.

USC-Aiken held the Rams to only four points in the last 6:34 and took a 30-29 lead at the half.

Tucker hit two of her three pointers in 90 seconds to give 'SU at 43-36 lead with 5:29 to play in the third quarter and the rout was on.  The Pacers went scoreless for five minutes, allowing WSSU to build a commanding 17-point lead, 57-40, by the end of the quarter.

The Pacers twice cut the 'SU lead to 12 points in the fourth quarter, the second coming with 3:28 to play.  The Rams responded with a 6-0 run to gain a 77-59 lead in the final minute.

Ross was a perfect 4-4 at the free throw line, while Tucker hit 4-5, and Spaulding was 3-4.  Spaulding also had eight assists.

The Rams outscored the Pacers 25-5 off turnovers.  'SU committed only 12 turnovers in the game, three in the second half, while USC-Aiken turned the ball over 25 times.

WSSU improved to 3-1 for the season.  The Rams begin a seven-game road schedule, travelling to Appalachian State on Monday and will play two games in Anchorage, Alaska, next Friday and Saturday.