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Lethargic Shepherd women win by 43

February 01, 2002

Lethargic Shepherd women win by 43



By DAN KAUFFMAN
kauffman@herald-mail.com
OHIO VALLEY (39)

Cecil 2-6 0-0 5, Busch 0-0 2-2 2, Hamilton 2-9 0-2 5, Isby 4-6 3-5 11, Lallathin 1-6 0-0 2, Raines 0-1 0-0 0, Baker 0-3 0-0, Wilson 1-3 5-6 7, Pittman 1-6 0-0 3, Mielecki 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 13-43 10-15 39.

SHEPHERD (82)

Oller 3-6 2-2 9, C. Murray 4-11 2-2 10, Hamilton 1-4 0-0 2, Cowans 4-9 0-0 8, Staves 2-7 2-6 6, van Norden 3-7 0-0 6, Siemer 8-11 3-4 19, Kunkel 7-14 1-3 18, Reese 0-1 2-2 2, Stewart 0-2 0-0 0, D. Murray 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 33-74 12-19 82.

Halftime - Ohio Valley 15, Shepherd 31. Three-point goals - Ohio Valley 3-11 (Cecil 1-4, Hamilton 1-4, Pittman 1-3), Shepherd 4-17 (Oller 1-3, C. Murray 0-2, Cowans 0-2, van Norden 0-1, Kunkel 3-7, Stewart 0-2).



SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Shepherd's women's basketball team came out flat, shot 36 percent in the first half and committed 19 turnovers - and the Rams won by 43 points.

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This was a game Shepherd should have paid the fans to watch.

At least the Rams defense showed up. Ohio Valley didn't show up at all in an 82-39 Shepherd victory the word ugly doesn't begin to describe.

"We came out a little lethargic," Rams coach Betsy Blose said. "We just didn't attack the zone well, and we need to work on it. We can't play against a zone for 40 minutes, and the entire (West Virginia) conference knows it."

Despite Shepherd's first half futility, Ohio Valley (2-16, 0-9) was even worse, shooting 30.2 percent for the game and committing 36 turnovers. Some of it was caused by the Rams' sixth-ranked scoring defense in Division II, the rest by Ohio Valley's own ineptness.

Gail Siemer continued her strong play off the bench, making 8 of 11 shots and finishing with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Shepherd (14-5, 10-2).

Freshman Carrie Kunkel played with the most passion of anyone, coming off the bench to make three 3-pointers and finish with 18 points on 7-for-14 shooting after a 3-for-9 first half.

"She has the ability to hit the 3, she's a shooter," Blose said. "She just needs experience. She missed her first few shots, but she stayed with it."

Cassie Murray had 10 points and Barb Oller added nine in her fifth game since replacing Ashley van Norden as the starting point guard - all Shepherd wins. The Rams' bench outscored the starters, 47-35.

"We've got solid depth," Blose said. "You look at our team, and we don't have any superstars."

Shepherd hosts Glenville State on Saturday in a game ripe with conference ramifications.

"They've got a great team and great players," Blose said. "It's gonna be a great day of basketball."

Unlike this game.

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