Different Game, Same Result-Lady Rams Fall, But Men Win

By L.A.Batchelor
Updated: February 2, 2005

Tirunesh Dibaba
Shalonda Carter

Fayetteville, NC – They fought hard, they play hard, they even went to overtime, unfortunately with the Lady Rams of Winston-Salem State University, who traveled to Fayetteville, NC on Tuesday evening looking to snap a four-game losing streak came up short once again taking the Lady Broncos of Fayetteville State University to overtime only to suffer a heartbreaking loss 83-76 at the Felton J. Capel Arena in Fayetteville.

The Lady Broncos jumped out to an 8-0 lead less than five minutes into the game, as it would take WSSU 5:04 to record a field goal when a Cherena Douglass jump shot gave the Lady Rams their first points of the game, trimming the WSSU deficit to 8-2.

Douglass’ sixth point of the half would give WSSU their first lead of the contest at 12-10. But the Lady Broncos surged back and in a hurry and took a two point lead into half time, leading 31-29.

Shalonda Carter, a Fayetteville native, played well in the first half scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and also recorded her ninth double-double of the 2004-05 season.

The second half started once again with the Lady Rams being aggressive and energized with quickness and rebounding taking a 43-40 lead with about 12 minutes to play. It wouldnt last. After quick lead changes by both teams the Rams trailed by 2 with 46.4 seconds to play when Shalonda Carter was fouled and sank 2 free throws to tie the game. Carter then stole the ball with 24 seconds in regulation giving the Lady Rams perhaps one last shot to win the game. The dream and chance would slip away as so would the ball………turning it over for the 30th time in the game.

Carter did just that, knotting the game at 69-69 as she successfully converted both foul shots. Carter’s dramatic free-throws would not cap her evening as she would come up with a steal only 24 seconds later to give WSSU the opportunity for the last shot of the game. Fayetteville State got the ball back but would not get a shot off as time expired with the game tied at 69-69 as the two teams headed to overtime, the first overtime contest of the 2004-05 season for both teams.

The overtime period would prove to be all Lady Broncos all the time as they began the overtime with a 10-0 run en route to the win and handing WSSU their 5 straight loss.

Shalonda Carter led the Lady Rams with 26 points and 18 rebounds while Cherena Douglass scored a career high 12 points and 13 rebounds. Monica Mason led the Lady Broncos with 25points.

The Lady Rams fall to 10-9 overall and 2-6 in the CIAA. They also drop to WSSU to 1-2 in the CIAA’s Western Division. The Lady Broncos improve to 10-7 overall and 7-2 in the CIAA. Most importantly for Fayetteville State, the win improves the Lady Broncos to 4-1 in the CIAA’s Western Division. WSSU now drops to 2-5 in games decided by five points or less.

The Lady Rams travel to Lawrenceville, VA Thursday, Feb. 3rd, 7:30pm where they will face the Saint Paul’s College Lady Tigers in an intra-division contest. The game, originally postponed due to adverse weather and travel conditions.

Another Road Test………….NO PROBLEM! Rams Win 5th Straight Game, Defeating Fayetteville State 74-64

Allegrie Gunn
Allegrie Gunn

Fayetteville, NCThe Rams used the same recipe to win their 5th straight game Tuesday night against Fayetteville State-Great execution and shot selection on offense, tenacious team defense and timely baskets made by their leaders en route to a 74-64 win aganst a very talented and game Fayetteville State Bronco team at the Capel Arena.

The Rams came out in the first have with crisp passing, great shot selection and good ball handling as they led the entire first half even though the leads were very slim. Hitting on all cylinders, the Rams shot almost 49 percent from the field while holding the Broncos to only 37 percent.

Alleggrie Guinn of the Rams, wanted to show off his game to the crowd and he didnt disappoint as the All CIAA First-Team candidate scored 11 points on 5 of 10 shooting in the first half. WSSU also had two players that were returning to their hometown of Fayetteville,Audly Wehner who scored 4 points and 4 rebounds while Darnell Gregory chipped in with four rebounds.

Both teams came out very sloppy and seemingly tight as they continued to look as though they were feeling each other out rather than finishing each other off.

The Rams would get the first real run in the second half as they jumped out to their first double-digit lead 51-41 with just over 11 minutes to play on a jumper from Curtis Hines.

Audly Wehner would give the Rams a 13-point cushion with a nice move down low that made the score 61-48 and the Rams never looked back.

Leading the way for WSSU was Alleggrie Guinn with 21 points as he was joined in double figures by Rashad McGee with 12 points and Terris Sifford with 11 points.

With the win, the Rams improve to 14-5 overall and 7-1 in the CIAA. The win also propels WSSU to 2-1 in the CIAA’s Western Division. The loss drops Fayetteville State to 7-13 overall and 4-6 in the CIAA en route to dropping the Broncos to 2-3 in the CIAA’s Western Division.

The road warriors continue as the Rams travel to Lawrenceville, VA to face the Tigers of Saint Paul’s College Thursday, February 3rd, in a CIAA intra-division basketball contest that was originally postponed from January 27th, 2005 due to inclement weather.

On a separate note:

WSSU’s Audly Wehner And Philip Stitt Receive Weekly CIAA Honors

Hampton, VA – Winston-Salem State University basketball player Audly Wehner and head men’s basketball coach Philip Stitt have been awarded CIAA weekly basketball honors for the week ending January 30th, 2005 for their efforts in leading the Rams to a pair of wins last week over Virginia State and #13 Bowie State University to improve to 13-5 overall.

Wehner, a sophomore forward from Fayetteville, NC was instrumental in leading the Rams to two wins last week. Wehner shot 67 percent from the field, scored 19 points and added nine rebounds and four steals in the Rams’ 67-62 upset of 13th ranked Bowie State. Wehner also had 12 points and seven rebounds in the Rams’ 66-52 win over Virginia State. For his efforts, he has been named the CIAA Player of the Week.

It was not only Wehner who helped to guide the Rams to a 2-0 record on the week as WSSU head coach Philip Stitt used stellar defense and timely game management to help WSSU earn a pair of wins. Coach Stitt picked up his second win over a Top 15 opponent this season when his Rams knocked off 13th ranked Bowie State 67-62 on Saturday. With the win the Rams, who also beat previously #1 ranked Virginia Union on January 4th, improve to 13-5 and are on a four-game winning streak.