Winston-Salem Ousts Lady Vikings During First Round of CIAA Tournament

The Elizabeth City State University women's basketball team fell 87-67 to Winston-Salem State University for the second consecutive year during the first round of the 2018 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Championship Tournament.

With the loss, the Lady Vikings finished the season at 9-20 while the Rams improved to 14-12 on the season. The Rams advance to face the Trojans of Virginia State University at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday.

WSSU took a 9-4 lead into the first media timeout and didn't let up as they closed out the first quarter with a 21-11 advantage. Winston-Salem State led by as much as 12 points with 1:42 remaining in the quarter while outscoring ECSU in points in the paint (12-6), fast break points (2-0), and bench points (2-0).

WSSU shot 60 percent from the field and 50 percent from the foul line while the Lady Vikings shot 25 percent from the floor and 50 percent, as well from the candy stripe, to end the quarter.

The first half witnessed two lead changes and one tie. The Rams outscored ECSU 22-8 in points in the paint, 6-4 in points off turnovers, 10-9 in second chance points, and 2-0 in fast break points. Elizabeth City State closed out the half shooting 33.3 percent from the floor, 50 percent from downtown, and 69.2 percent from the candy stripe while Winston-Salem State shot 48.6 percent from the field and 50 percent from the line.

ECSU's senior guard Jalyn Brown led all scorers at the half with 16 points, followed by WSSU's senior forward Kandace Tate with 13 points and 10 boards during the first half.

Elizabeth City State trailed 60-51 after three quarters of grinding, holding Winston-Salem State to only 38.9 percent shooting from the field, 50 percent from behind the arc, and 100 percent from the candy stripe. ECSU shot 44.4 percent from the floor and 37.5 percent from downtown.

Overall, the Rams shot 36-of-72 (50 percent) from the field, 4-of-8 (50 percent) from downtown, and 11-of-18 (61.1 percent) from the candy stripe while Elizabeth City State held to 24-of-64 (37.6 percent) shooting from the floor, 7-of-22 (31.8 percent) shooting from behind the arc, and 12-of-23 (52.2 percent) shooting from the foul line.

The Lady Vikings were outscored 42-26 in the paint, 15-10 in points off turnovers, and 14-9 in bench points; while outscoring the Rams 18-15 in second chance points for the game. Winston led by as much as 21 points with 1:54 remaining in regulation; while being led by Tate, who added a double-double and finished the contest with 24 points and 12 boards.

Brown led the Lady Vikings with 24 points, five assists, and three boards in the effort. Senior forward D'asya Wilson tallied 15 points during her final game in a Viking uniform while sophomore guard Tamara Harvey added 12 points. Sophomore forward Devona Stell grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds for ECSU.

WSSU's senior forward Briana Arnold added 16 points and nine boards while senior guard Tiana Edwards tallied 15 points and freshman guard Teara Johnson drained 13 points in the victory.

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