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Rams Push Past Salem University

It was a see-saw battle to the finish, but Winston-Salem State Women's basketball team overcame a six-point deficit in the final 3:30 to claim a 93-90 road victory over Salem University in West Virginia. The Rams fourth quarter rally began with a jumper by graduate student Brooke Spaulding, followed by senior Melody Pritchard's layup to pull 'SU to within two points, 86-84.  Two minutes later, WSSU secured the lead on another Spaulding jump shot to forge ahead 88-87.

Spaulding's jumper with 42 seconds to play gave 'SU a three-point lead.  Pritchard hit two pressure free throws with 10 seconds to play to put the Rams ahead 92-88.  Another critical free throw by Spaulding with three seconds on the clock vaulted the Rams to a 93-90 lead and secured the win. The Rams, who trailed 49-45 at halftime in the high-scoring game, were down by seven early in the third quarter at 54-47, but a furious rally led by Spaulding and sophomore Amaya Tucker's three-pointer with 7:48 to play propelled the Rams ahead 55-54. WSSU's smothering defense held Salem scoreless for the next 2:30. The Rams would gain their largest second-half lead, 70-64, with 1:39 to play in the third quarter on a layup by Kendra Ross.'SU dominated points in the paint, outscoring Salem 52-34.  The game was almost even in all other categories and featured 16 lead changes and 15 ties.

Four Rams scored in double figures.  Tucker finished with 22 points and Pritchard, who was 6-6 at the free throw line, added 20.  Spaulding tossed in 18 points, and Ross added 11.  Senior Dajha Williams controlled the boards, grabbing 10 rebounds.  Ross and senior Kyree Hall were close behind with nine each. WSSU, which shot an outstanding 45.1 percent for the game, improved its record to 4-3.  'SU, which will play nine of its first 11 games on the road, will take a break for exams before beginning CIAA play with a three-game road trip.   The Rams will play at Virginia Union on December 16, at Lincoln on December 18 and at Bowie State on December 20.  The Road Warriors will finally return home to meet Meredith College on December 30 at the C.E. Gaines Center.