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Shepherd loses game, chance at WVIAC

February 13, 2001|By ADELINE STAEBLER / Staff Correspondent

Shepherd loses game, chance at WVIAC



SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Shepherd College women's basketball coach Betsy Blose knows that her team is the target of other teams in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, which puts more pressure on her team.

The pressure got to be too much Monday night as the Rams fell to West Virginia Wesleyan, 65-63.

"I think it's just a matter of every time out people are going to bring their best against us," Blose said. "We've got that reputation now, people want to beat Shepherd and our people just have to get mentally ready to play. They're going to bring their best against us."

With the Rams going into the second half with a 31-28 lead, they went onto build a seven-point lead, the largest lead of the night.

With a little over eight minutes left in the game and with the Rams up by six points, the Bobcats went on a 13-0 run to go up 63-57 over Shepherd.

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"A six-point lead's nothing. I just feel like we didn't play any defense," Blose said. "In the first half we got a little run, we got some offense off our defense. But we didn't seem like we were on our heels all night. (Shepherd hasn't) been in a lot of close games as of recent. They just didn't come ready."

The Rams mounted a comeback when Kassandra Kilby hit a shot with two minutes left to close the gap to 63-59. West Virginia Wesleyan's Erin Furey hit two free throws to put the Bobcats up, 65-63.

Shepherd's Makia Staves then missed a layup after a timeout, rebounded the ball and put it back up to pull the Rams within four points. Gail Seimer hit a jumper with 18 seconds left to pull the Rams within 65-63.

The last glimmer of hope for the Rams came with 17 seconds left in the game when a jump ball call in their favor gave the Rams the possession. Shepherd's Ashley van Norden tried unsuccessfully on a 3-point shot with five seconds left and another jump ball call that went in the Bobcats favor ended the game.

"Ashley had a clear look, but it couldn't go down," Blose said. "We were going for the tie, we weren't going for the 3, but it just turned out that Ashley took that shot, if it could have gone it would have gone but it didn't."

"I don't know what to say about (the jump balls), you can't point your finger at one little thing," Blose said. "For 40 minutes (Shepherd) never seemed to get any kind of momentum."

Cassie Murray and Staves each had 14 points to lead the Rams (18-6, 13-3). Kilby had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Staves had 10 rebounds and van Norden had five assists.

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