Ashley Fields and Dashia Jackson combined for 41 of Claflin 59 points in a losing effort as Winston-Salem State University topped the Lady Panthers, 67-59, in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Southern Division women’s basketball game on Thursday inside Tullis Arena.
The loss, Claflin's second straight, evened the Lady Panthers record at 12-12 overall and 8-8 in the CIAA, including a 4-6 mark in the division.
Fields, who led all scorers with 22 points, was 8-of-16 from the floor and 6-for-12 at the free throw line in hitting the double-digits mark for the 20th time this season. She also recorded four steals.
Jackson tallied 19 points in the game and reached double figures for the eighth time in the last 10 games for Claflin.
Breanna Price rounded out double-figure scoring for the Lady Panthers with a career-high 10 points. Price and Carmen Robinson led the Lady Panthers on the boards with six rebounds each.
Amaya Tucker was the top scorer for WSSU with 18 points followed by Kyree Hall at 16 point and Brionna Pate, who added a double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds.
The Rams are now 13-10 overall and 9-4 in the CIAA, but most importantly, 6-1 in the division.
After being tied 32-all at the half, Claflin owned a one-point lead, 46-45, heading into the final quarter.
The Lady Panthers held the advantage until Pate scored on a layup with 8:28 left, lifting WSSU in front at 49-48.
Claflin regained the lead briefly at 57-56 with 3:34 showing off a jumper from Jackson before the Rams took the lead for good when Tucker sank a pair of free throws putting the visitors up 58-57, with 55 seconds remaining.
From that point, WSSU sealed the road victory by scoring nine of the game’s last 11 points in sweeping the regular season meetings with the Lady Panthers. The Lady Rams won the first encounter 81-56 last month in Raleigh, N.C.
WSSU outscored the Lady Panthers 22-13 in the fourth quarter and outscored rebounded Claflin 41-37 for the game.
Each team won a quarter in the first half as the Rams claimed the opening quarter at 20-17, and Claflin took the second by the score of 15-12, for the 32-all tie at intermission.
WSSU shot a little better than Claflin from the field at 18-for-47 (38.3 percent) compared to 23-for 63 (36.5 percent) for the Lady Panthers.
In the free-throw department, the Rams was 26-of-31 (83.9 percent) off 20 fouls by Claflin, while the Lady Panthers were just 10-for-24 (41.7 percent).
The Lady Panthers will return to action on Monday in a home appearance against Johnson C. Smith University.