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Rams Fall Short To The Panthers

The Winston-Salem State Women's basketball team fell short in overcoming an off-night shooting performance and lost to Virginia Union, 61-58, at the C.E. Gaines Center.  The Rams could only manage three baskets from the three-point line and shot 27.5% from the field.

Amaya Tucker led WSSU with 11 points, while Kendra Ross added 10 points and 14 rebounds.  Tucker sat out most of the first half after picking up her second foul early in the first quarter.

The Rams got off to a slow start, allowing the Panthers to take a 17-7 lead after the first 10 minutes.  The defense came to life in the second quarter, limiting Union to only three points.  The offense answered with 14 points, and 'SU led 21-20 at the half.

WSSU bolted to a five-point lead, its largest in the game, with 8:06 remaining in the third quarter.  Virginia Union responded by outscoring 'SU 20-13 for a six-point advantage after three.

The two teams battled back and forth in the final 10 minutes.  Jhakia Gist hit three shots from beyond the arc, allowing the Panthers to secure the win in the final two minutes.

WSSU finished with a 58-36 rebounding edge and outscored the Panthers 36-22 in the paint behind solid efforts by O'Shea Hatley, who finished with nine points and seven rebounds, and Dajha Williams' three offensive rebounds and five points.  'SU had an 18-5 advantage in second chance points and held Union to only six offensive rebounds.

The loss dropped the Rams to 6-5 and 2-1 in CIAA play.  WSSU will travel to Raleigh for a 2 p.m. CIAA matchup with St. Augustine's on Saturday.  'SU returns to the Gaines Center on Wednesday, January 19, for a game against Claflin.