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Van Norden puts it on the line in Shepherd win

January 08, 2001

Van Norden puts it on the line in Shepherd win



By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Ashley van Norden found her niche.

The Shepherd College freshman was standing at the line with everything on the line.

And she was able to deliver the bottom line ... a 54-53 overtime victory over Wheeling Jesuit with a little help from her friends.

van Norden hit both ends of a 1-and-1 with 24 seconds remaining in overtime before Shepherd used strong play from its bench and unleashed some overdue defense down the stretch on Saturday to pull out the West Virginia Conference victory at the Butcher Center.

Shepherd (8-3, 2-0 WVC) squandered an early 10-point lead and survived Wheeling's comeback to force the overtime. The Rams came up with some stingy defense to save face. Even with van Norden's foul shots, Shepherd needed Kassandra Kilby's block of Jill Yoder's jumper from the top of the key with one second left to hold off the Cardinals.

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"All I have to say is that I'm glad that we won the game or I might have put my fist through the wall," Shepherd coach Betsy Blose said. "I can't explain it. Maybe they're bored. I can't wait until classes start so that we can get in a routine again."

But on the day that many were in attendance to see Williamsport graduate Andy Artz make his senior appearance in the area for Wheeling Jesuit, it was another former Wildcat who came through for the Rams.

Blose inserted van Norden with 1:28 remaining in overtime for the sole purpose of having the ball in foul shooting situations.

"I wanted her handling the ball down the stretch," Blose said. "She has a lot of confidence. She's the one I wanted to catch the inbounds pass."

Trailing by a point after Ashana Cowan's drive gave Shepherd the lead with 43 seconds remaining, Wheeling (2-7, 0-1) turned up the pressure and fouled the freshman on the inbounds pass. van Norden stepped to the line and responded.

"I was very nervous," van Norden said. "I was upset with myself with the way I played in the first half. I wanted to make up for it and it was great to do it at the foul line. I have been in a situation like that before. I feel I can make shots in that situation, so I wasn't upset about being in there."

Shepherd started out lethargic, forcing Blose to turn to her bench looking for answers. The remedy came in the form of the calvary of Siemer, Cowans, Jennifer Westervelt and van Norden. The quartet accounted for 33 of Shepherd's 54 points in the game, including a 10-0 run midway through the first half to build the Rams' 23-17 halftime lead. Seimer and Cowans finished with 11 points each.

"It's a good win ... I'm happy now," Blose said. "Any win in this league is a good win."

Shepherd 54, Wheeling Jesuit 53


WHEELING JESUIT (53)

Oliva 4-8 1-2 9, Renzler 3-5 5-6 12, Yoder 1-8 2-4 4, Hamrick 3-18 2-2 8, Barbisch 2-8 0-1 4, Mason 3-10 0-0 7, Carr 0-2 0-0 0, Ellison 3-9 1-5 8, Gratton 0-0 1-4 1. Totals 19-68 12-24 53.

SHEPHERD COLLEGE (54)

Oller 0-2 0-2 0, Murray 3-8 2-2 9, Kilby 2-6 0-0 4, Staves 3-9 0-1 6, Schwandt 0-1 1-2 1, van Norden 1-6 2-3 4, Siemer 4-9 3-4 11, Windle 0-2 0-0 0, Hamilton 0-0 1-2 1, Cowans 5-17 0-0 11, Chaney 0-1 0-0 0, Westervelt 3-7 0-0 7. Totals 21-68 9-16 54.

Halftime - Shepherd 23, Wheeling Jesuit 17. Regulation - Shepherd 46, Wheeling 46. Three-point baskets - Wheeling Jesuit 3-16 (Renzler 1-1, Mason 1-2, Ellison 1-4, Yoder 0-2, Hamrick 0-6, Carr 0-1), Shepherd 3-9 (Westervelt 1-1, Murray 1-2, Cowans 1-4, van Norden 0-1, Oller 0-1), Rebounds - Wheeling Jesuit 47 (Barbisch 9), Shepherd 55 (Siemer 12).

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