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Rams Blow Past the Bears

The Winston-Salem State Women's basketball team followed Thursday's 81-58 thrashing of Virginia State, the CIAA's top defensive team, with a 96-44 romp over Shaw on Saturday afternoon at the C.E. Gaines Center.  The Rams improved to 6-4 overall and remain undefeated at home with a 4-0 record.

Redshirt freshman Tyliah Burns came off the bench to lead a balanced 'SU scoring attack with 20 points.  Burns was near perfect from the field, connecting on 8-10 shots.  She also hit 4-5 free throws.

Graduate student Brooke Spaulding scored 16 points.  Close behind was redshirt sophomore Amaya Tucker with 15 points.  Redshirt freshman Kennedi Simmons rounded out the double figure scoring with 12 points.

The Rams jumped to an early 19-1 lead on red-hot shooting, hitting 56% of their field goals and 60% of their three-point shots to grab a 25-16 lead after the first quarter. 'SU connected on 50% of their second-quarter shots to build a 48-28 lead at the half.

'SU dominated the third quarter, outscoring the Bears 23-10 to take a commanding 71-38 advantage.  The final 10 minutes was all Winston-Salem State.  The Rams defense held Shaw to seven points while the high octane offense added another 25 points on the scoreboard.

WSSU dominated every phase of the game.  'SU outscored Shaw 46-22 in the paint, scored 38 points off Shaw's 23 turnovers, and the Rams bench held a 41-11 advantage.  WSSU finished the game shooting 60% from the floor, 55.6% from the three-point line and 56% from the free throw line.

Senior Melody Pritchard led 'SU in rebounding with six, while Tucker and Simmons each had five.  Spaulding dished out six of WSSU's 25 assists. Tucker also had five assists and four steals.

WSSU's next scheduled game at Elizabeth City State has been postponed as the Vikings are in the Covid protocol.  The Rams return to the Gaines Center on Wednesday with a 5:30 matchup against Virginia Union.