Down and Out

ECSU falls to Winston-Salem State to end season

Winston-Salem State 87 Elizabeth City State 67


From staff reports

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

CHARLOTTE — A consistent offensive output by Winston-Salem State paced the Lady Rams to a 87-67 victory against the Elizabeth City State women’s basketball team on Tuesday evening.

The game was an opening round matchup at the 2018 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association women’s basketball tournament at Bojangles’ Coliseum.

Jalyn Brown scored 24 points with five assists to lead the Lady Vikings.

D’Aysa Wilson followed with 15 points and eight rebounds, while guard Tamara Harvey posted 12 points with four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

ECSU (9-20) ends its season on a nine-game losing streak.

The Lady Vikings last victory was a 72-55 win against Apprentice School in Newport News on Jan. 31.

ECSU got off to a slow start as WSSU (14-12) led by double figures in portions of the first 20 minutes.

Down 11 points in the second quarter, ECSU found a rhythm on offense.

Three-point shots from Harvey and Brown along with converted free throws by Wilson and Sashanelle Grey trimmed a WSSU 27-16 lead to a 32-28 Rams’ advantage with around two minutes, 30 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

The Lady Vikings trailed 40-32 at halftime.

Brown scored 16 of her 24 points in the first half.

ECSU cut the deficit to 47-43 around six minute remaining in the third quarter.

The Lady Rams went on another extended run to take a 58-48 lead late in the third.

ECSU trailed 60-51 after three quarters.

Briana Arnold scored the Rams’ first six points in the fourth quarter to extend WSSU’s lead to 66-53 early in the final frame.

Compounding the struggle for ECSU was that Devona Stell, who scored six points and posted a team-high 10 rebounds in the game, was in and out of the lineup due to foul trouble.

Stell, listed at 6-foot-3, fouled out in the fourth quarter.

Alexis Fowler, a 6-foot forward who arrived to ECSU after playing at Livingstone College two seasons ago, has been a contributor in the frontcourt for the Lady Vikings this season.

Fowler only played 15 minutes in the contest on Tuesday.

The lack of available size benefited WSSU as the Lady Rams outscored ECSU 42-26 in the paint.

The Lady Rams shot a robust 50 percent (36-of-72) from the field.

ECSU shot a below average 37.5 percent (24-of-64) from the field.

Kandace Tate led the Lady Rams with 24 points and 12 rebounds, Arnold followed with 16 points, Tiana Edwards posted 15 points and Teara Johnson had 13 points.

Winston-Salem State advances to the quarterfinal round on Thursday and will face Virginia State.