Trojans Advance to Semi-Finals with 83-65 Victory Over Rams

Charlotte, NC (February 28, 2018) – The No. 2 Northern Division seed Virginia State University, continued their impressive run in 2017-18 and improved to a 23-4 record. The Trojans will face Bowie State University Friday in the semi-finals at the Spectrum Center at 1:00 p.m. Winston-Salem State University (8-21) closes the book on their season with the 83-65 loss to Virginia State.

Mia Fitts added the opening five points knocking down two free-throws and a three-pointer within the first 1:58 to give the Trojans a quick 5-0 lead. Winston-Salem State closed the gap with a jumper from Kandace Tate and a lay-up from Tiana Edwards, but the VSU would go on a 16-9 run to close out the half.

Although Virginia State outscored the Rams (10-8) with points in the paint and 2-0 in bench points, WSSU held the edge in second chance points (2-0) and in fast break points (4-0). They each had four points off turnovers in the first quarter.

The Trojans continued pouring it on Winston-Salem State in the second quarter. An Aja Robertson lay-up at the 9:53 mark ignited a 25-11 run. Virginia State led by as much as 22 to closed out the half when they outscored the Rams (24-12) in points in the paint and (14-9) in points off turnovers. Winston-Salem held the edge in fast break points (4-0) while both teams recorded four second chance points and seven bench points.

The Rams were held to only 34.5 percent (10-of-29) shooting from the field, 25 percent (2-of-8) shooting from downtown, and 100 percent (2-of-2) shooting from the foul line. TheTrojans shot 56.3 percent (18-of-32) from the floor, 38.5 percent (5-of-13) from behind the arc, and 83.3 percent (5-of-16) from the candy stripe. VSU's Chrisanna Green led all scorers at the half with 14 points; while WSSU's Briana Arnold tallied 10 points, respectively.      

Winston-Salem State attempted to crawl back in it, closing the lead to within 15 (57-42) at the 4:02 mark in the third quarter, but struggled to keep the momentum as the Trojans outscored WSSU 40-36 in points in the paint, 20-18 in points off turnovers, 12-8 in second chance points, and 22-20 in bench points for the game.

The Rams took the edge over Virginia State 14-2 in fast break points, shooting 41 percent (25-of-61) from the floor, 26.7 percent (4-of-15) from downtown, and 78.6 percent (11-of-14) from the candy stripe for the game.

VSU closed out the game shooting 49.2 percent (29-of-59) from the field, 33.3 percent (7-of-21) from behind the arc, and 81.8 percent (18-of-22) from the line. The Trojans led by as much as 25 for the game and was led by Chrisanna Green with a game-high 23 points (9-of-13) and nine boards. Alexis Smith chipped in 22 points (7-of-17) while Endia McKinney added eight and eight in the victory.

Winston-Salem State was led by Edwards with 19 points (7-of-13); while Arnold recorded 18 points (7-of-12) and nine boards, respectively. Tate added 10 boards in the effort.