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Shepherd sweeps

February 10, 2001|By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

Shepherd sweeps



SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The verdict was predictable because of the way the Shepherd College womens basketball team's offense stated its case.

Freshman Cassie Murray had 19 points while senior teammate Kassandra Kilby added 14 as the Rams stayed perfect at home in the West Virginia Conference with a convincing 84-60 win over Davis and Elkins at the Butcher Athletic center on Saturday afternoon.

The closing argument came with just over eight minutes to go in the first half and Shepherd (18-5, 13-2) clinging to a 18-15 lead.

Coach Jay Dailer had kept the Senators packed in a tight zone the entire first half forcing the Rams' offense to go to the perimeter - a move that enabled Davis and Elkins (9-9, 7-6) to keep Shepherd within arm's reach.

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All that changed in a hurry.

Shepherd coach Betsy Blose had seen enough and angrily signalled for a timeout.

"I don't like to get really upset with them, but we needed to change the tempo of the game and right now," Blose said of the animated meeting with her starters. "Sometimes we have to be challenged. We have to remember how we got here."

Shepherd reeled off a 20-2 run over the next three minutes, practically blowing D&E out of the gym. The rally started with a three by Barb Oller, and when the run was over, Shepherd had contributions from no less than five other players and led comfortably, 37-17.

"We needed to play aggressively," Blose said. "When you face a zone, you attack it. We were laying back and taking what they gave us."

The win kept Shepherd within striking distance of overtaking West Liberty for the conference lead.

"Every game is big," Blose said. "With a four-game home stand, we feel we have a shot to win the conference out right."

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> In the men's game, 6-foot-7 junior Kenny Cox had 27 points to pace Shepherd (9-11, 5-9) to a 73-66 win over the Senators. Although the Rams led the entire way, they never really safely put away Davis & Elkins (7-15, 4-10) until the last two minutes of the game.

The Rams led 54-53 before an 11-3 run brought Davis & Elkins back to within three, 57-54.

But a pair of missed layups and some solid defensive play by the Rams helped preserve the win.

Shepherd built an early lead behind the 3-point shooting of Antar Parkman. Parkman drained three 3s to start the game and finished with 15 points for the Rams. Demond Tapscott had 14.

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