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Shepherd women break 20-win mark

February 24, 2001

Shepherd women break 20-win mark



By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The seniors had their night and the Shepherd College women's basketball team had its day because several Rams players had their moments.

The Rams banded together to make sure they didn't allow this game to get away, using a 12-0 run sparked by some sorely needed balance midway through the second half Friday for a 74-58 victory over Alderson-Broaddus at the Butcher Center.

The win not only allowed two seniors - Kassandra Kilby and Stephanie Schwandt - to leave the home floor as winners one last time, it gave the Shepherd women's program its first ever 20-win season. It all happened as each player played a bit part to make it all come true.

"This is a great win, but it hasn't sunk in yet," Shepherd coach Betsy Blose said. "It was about the seniors. Both of them have been here for five years ... I won't know this place without them. We dedicated this to them and the 20 wins came after that. There aren't too many conferences where you can win 20 games and not win the league title."

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Shepherd (20-6, 15-3) clinched second place in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, good for the second seed and a first-round bye in next week's league tournament in Charleston, W.Va. The Rams reached the milestone victory after finishing with 19 wins in each of the last two seasons.

"This was exciting," Kilby said. "To beat the record and win our last home game was big. It seemed like we couldn't over 19. I'm just relieved to get by it."

Kilby lent a hand in making sure the Rams got that needed victory. She followed the lead of freshman Cassie Murray, who scored Shepherd's first eight points and assisted for the 10th. Jennifer Westervelt put on a run of six points at the end of the half to add to the cushion.

Even after Shepherd pulled away to a 37-29 halftime lead, there was still a measure of uncertainty for the game because of the Battlers' zone defenses. A-B (12-13, 7-10) stayed close behind Lynn Claytor and Joni Grubb to pull within 43-41 with 12:19 remaining.

Ashana Cowans ignited the 12-0 run with a driving layup and later added a banked 3-pointer from the top of the key. Kilby worked inside for two baskets in the run to help Shepherd pull away to a 55-41 advantage over the next 4:25.

"Coach said we needed some balance. One player wasn't going to do it," Kilby said. "Cassie was the only one who was playing aggressively in the first half. I took it personal to do what I had to do to win the game."

Murray finished with 18 points, including 16 in the first half, while Barb Oller had 13 and Cowans and Westervelt had 10 each.

Shepherd 74, A-B 58



ALDERSON-BROADDUS (58)

Claytor 9-14 3-5 21, Grubb 7-17 1-3 16, Smith 0-5 0-0 0, Morrison 3-8 0-0 7, Kisner 4-16 0-0 8, Coen 1-2 0-0 3, Brewer 0-1 0-0 0, Smith 0-2 0-0 0, Whipkey 1-3 1-2 3. Totals 25-68 5-10 58.

SHEPHERD COLLEGE (74)

Van Norden 1-3 0-0 2, Murray 8-14 0-0 18, Kilby 3-8 3-6 9, Staves 2-5 0-0 4, Schwandt 0-2 0-0 0, Oller 3-5 4-6 13, Siemer 1-3 1-2 3, Reese 0-0 0-0 0, Hamilton 2-3 1-2 5, Cowans 4-7 1-2 10, Chaney 0-0 0-0 0, Westervelt 4-9 2-2 10. Totals 28-59 12-20 74.

Halftime-Shepherd 37, A-B 29. Three-point goals - A-B 3-12 (Grubb 1-5, Morrison 1-3, Coen 1-2, Smith 0-1, Kisner 0-1), Shepherd 6-13 (Oller 3-5, Murray 2-5, Cowans 1-1, van Norden 0-2).

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