Winston-Salem Hands Lady Lions First CIAA Loss

Winston Salem State University turned in a dominant fourth quarter as they pulled away from the Lincoln University women's basketball team and recorded a 69-52 win Thursday night at Manuel Rivero Hall.

The Lady Lions fall to 3-6 overall and 1-1 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association games.  The Rams improve to 5-6 overall and 1-0 in league play.

She'quan Bailey (Denton, Md./Baltimore City CC) led Lincoln with 14 points (6-11 FG, 2-4 3FG).  Teira Pendleton (Baltimore, MD/Baltimore Poly Institute) added 10 points.  Diamond Mickle (Fredericksburg, Va/Harford Community College) led the team with five rebounds.

The Rams' Kandace Tate led all scorers with 19 points.  Jasmine Carter recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.  Tiana Edwards added 12 points.  Taelor Mandeville led all players with seven assists.

Lincoln only trailed by five as the two teams entered the fourth and final quarter.  WSSU scored the first four points of the period and then held the Lady Lions to just one basket over the first six minutes while outscoring their hosts 16-7 to take a 15 point lead, 61-46 with 4:04 remaining.  Two consecutive baskets from Bailey closed the gap to 11, 61-50 but with just 2:01 remaining the Lady Lions were unable to get any closer  as the Rams went a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line in the final 1:45 to pull away with the 17-point win.

Poor shooting in the first two quarters found the Lady Lions playing from behind for most of the first 20 minutes of action.  Lincoln connected on just 8 of 31 shots in the first two quarters (25.8%), yet still never trailed by any more than five at any given point in the first half.   Trailing by four entering the second quarter, Lincoln scored the first five points to take a slim one point lead.  Jaeda Davis (Milwaukee, Wis./ Rufus King HS) started the run with quick layup following a steal by McKenzie Spencer (Richmond, Va./Henrico HS) Lyric Artis (Selkirk, N.Y./Community College of Rhode Island) added two free throws at the 7:07 mark to tie the game at 17-17 and Amanda Okodugha (Norrkouping, Sweden/Young Harris College) sank one of two from the line on LU's next possession to put the Lady Lions ahead, 18-17.  Tate countered with a pair of layups to put the Rams back up by three 21-18 with 3:39 left and were still leading by three until a free throw from Pendleton cut the margin to two at the half with a free throw with 15 ticks on the clock, 25-23.

Mickle's free throw at the 4:32 mark of the third quarter tied the score again at 31-31 before Carter sank two straight three-point field goals to put WSSU back up by six.  LU closed the gap back to two before a triple from Edwards and a bucket from Carter gave the Rams their biggest lead at the time at 44-37.  Spencer's basket at the buzzer closed the gap to 44-39 as the third quarter came to an end.

Winston Salem dominated on the boards, outrebounding the Lady Lions 46-28.  The Rams also outshot Lincoln, 47.1% (24-51) to 31.1% (19-61) for the game.  The Lady Lions committed a season-low ten turnovers against 18 for WSSU.

Lincoln returns to action on Saturday, December 17, 2016 when they host Johnson C. Smith University in their third CIAA game of the season.  Tipoff is set for 2:00 p.m.