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It’s Payback Time!: Rams Avenge Lost to Saint Augustine’s, Lady Rams Lose Again
Winston-Salem, NC– The WSSU Rams had everything to play for against the Saint Augustine College Falcons Tuesday night. They wanted to win their seventh consecutive game, move to 10-1 in the CIAA, stay on top of the CIAA West with a 5-1 record, improve their record to an impressive 16-5 but most of all, atone for an earlier defeat it suffered at the hams of the Falcons. They accomplished it all. In front of a crowd of over 3,100 fans, the Rams have to overcome a big deficit en route to defeating Saint Augustine’s College Falcons at the LJVM Coliseum Annex by the score of 78-74 in another wild, fun and exciting CIAA game.
The Rams, now 3-0 in overtime this season, made up for a loss to the Falcons that occurred in Raleigh, NC on January 11th, 2005 by handing Saint Augustine’s their 13th loss of the season.
The first have did not go well as tough defense and good shooting jump started Saint Augustine to a 31-17 lead over WSSU with six minutes remaining in the first period of play.
The Rams would battle back in their usual “never quit” way and would close out the final six minutes of play in the first half with a 13-3 run to cut their deficit to only four points at the halftime trailing the Falcons by the score of 34-30.
Then Rams would come out strong in the second half early and often and would turn things around as they turned a four-point deficit into a 12-point lead midway through the second period leading 57-45 with 10:02 to play.
Saint Augustine’s would battle back themselves cutting the lead to only six points when a charging violation and costly 10-second call, resulted in a pair of Saint Augustine field goals that would cut the WSSU lead to only a single point with 1:20 to play. Saint Augustine would then take the lead by four on yet another short spurt.
Then came it was the Alleggrie Guinn show. Guinn made two free throws and made a huge long range jump shot as time expired forcing overtime.
The overtime period went back and forth with both teams taking a lead. It would be WSSU however, that used freshman Roy Peake’s long-range three-pointer and a pair of free throws, to ice the contest, as WSSU moved to 16-5 on the season and earned their seventh consecutive win.
The Rams were led in scoring by Alleggrie Guinn with 27 points in the contest and now is only 35 points away from 1,000 career points at WSSU. Also scoring in double figures was Audly Wehner who recorded 19 points and five rebounds in the game.
Saint Augustine’s was led by Claude Neely and his 30 points and seven rebounds.
With the win, the Rams improve to 16-5 overall and 9-1 in the CIAA (4-1 CIAA West) while the Falcons fall to 8-13 overall and 5-8 in the CIAA (3-4 CIAA West).
The Rams will play again Thursday, February 10th, 2005 at 7:30 pm as they play host to Livingstone College at the C.E. Gaines Center.
Another Heartbreaking Loss For the Lady Rams: They lose to Saint Augustine’s College 63-61
Winston-Salem, NC – WSSU dropped their seventh straight game, losing 63-61 to the Lady Falcons of Saint Augustine’s College on Tuesday evening at the LJVM Coliseum Annex. It was a game of two teams battling hard for the entire game.
The Lady Rams not only played hard and intensely, but they shot extremely well for the game. The Lady Rams outshot Saint Augustine’s throughout the game shooting an impressive 48.5%.
Despite the strong play and shooting by the Lady Rams, the Lady Falcons hit 12 of their first 27 shots, including posting a 4-of-12 performance from behind the three-point line en route to putting 36 points on the scoreboard as they found themselves trailing the host-team Lady Rams 38-36 at the half.
The Lady Rams were led in the first have by Shalonda Carter and Janet Robinson. Both posted a dozen points as they accounted for WSSU’s offensive output during the first half scoring 24 of the 38 points.
Saint Augustine’s immediately came out in the second half with a 6-0 run as the Lady Falcons turned a two-point halftime deficit into a four-point advantage only two minutes into the second period of play.
The Lady Rams responded with a run of their own and took the lead back from the Lady Falcons with WSSU holding a four-point cushion at 48-44.
Lady Rams look like they were heading straight into overtime for the third straight game but the Lady Rams Nikki Eason’s long three-point attempt to tie would draw the right side of the iron and fall out of bounds. The game would then come down to free throws.
Saint Augustine’s Valicia Brown stepped to the free throw line and buried 2 free throws and helped stretch the lead to five points. The Lady Rams Kadina Baldwin was then fouled, made the basket and sank her free throw to cut the lead back two points with 11 seconds to play.
The Lady Rams then got the ball back once again but eventually turned the ball over and watch time expire as they fell in defeat for the seventh straight time.
The Lady Rams were led by Janet Robinson with 18 points on 9-for-15 shooting. The Lady Falcons were led by Valicia Brown who tallied 21 points and 11 rebounds as she once again proved why she should be honored with All-CIAA status.
With the loss, the Lady Rams fall to 10-11 overall and fall to 2-8 in the CIAA (1-4 CIAA West) in the process. WSSU has now lost its seventh straight game, and has not won since January 11th, 2005. The win propels Saint Augustine’s to 13-10 overall and 5-8 in the CIAA (2-5 CIAA West).
WSSU will return to action on Thursday, February 10th, 2005 at 5:30 pm as they will play host to the Lady Blue Bears of Livingstone College at the C.E. Gaines Center in another CIAA Western Division women’s basketball contest.