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Shepherd women shoot way to loss

January 13, 2003|by BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Think it's cold outside? Check out Shepherd's temperature in the Butcher Athletic Center Saturday afternoon.

The Rams women shot a frigid 28 percent from the floor against Wheeling Jesuit, helping the hot-handed Cardinals to an 80-63 West Virginia Conference victory.

Wheeling, behind Alisha McCune's 19 points, opened up a first-half lead using a combination of fast-break basketball and a size advantage inside.

Nicole Gratton and Amber Ellison gave the Cardinals several second-chance shots, although Wheeling (7-4, 2-1) rarely needed them. The Cardinals shot an amazing 60 percent from the floor and 90 percent from the free-throw line.

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Wheeling's reliance on the inside game early saw the Cardinals outrebound Shepherd 25-13 in the first half. The hot shooting and rebounding was a fatal combination for the Rams.

"Wheeling is a great team," Shepherd coach Jodie Runner said. "They certainly didn't leave us much room to make mistakes or be indecisive. And you will not win a lot of games shooting the way we did today."

Shepherd's Lena Moore, who has played sparingly the first 10 games of the season, battled underneath for the Rams and finished with 15 points and five rebounds.

"Lena did a great job for us today," Runner said. "She has been practicing better as of late and is certainly playing consistently."

But the Rams as a team did not play consistently on either end of the floor.

Shepherd led 10-9 with five minutes gone in the first half when the Cardinals used a 24-8 run to take the lead for good. The Rams would never draw closer than 14 after that.

"They outplayed us - especially in the first half," Runner said. "When we finally got back into it, our shooting held us back.

"We had played better each game until now. We had a great practice yesterday, but we certainly didn't play that way today."

Brianne Hamilton, a graduate of St. Maria Goretti, ended the game with 13 points and four rebounds for Shepherd.




Wheeling Jesuit 80, Shepherd 63


WHEELING JESUIT (80)

Mason 3-7 2-2 8, Hansen 3-9 1-2 7, Yoder 4-6 2-2 9, Ellison 4-8 5-5 13, Barbisch 5-6 2-2 10, Bonar 4-6 0-0 6, McCune 8-13 4-4 19. Totals 33-58 18-20 80.

SHEPHERD COLLEGE (63)

van Norden 2-24 2-2 5, Murray 3-15 1-1 5, Stewart 5-16 0-0 9, Hamilton 5-8 3-6 13, Malachi 1-2 2-2 4, Kunkel 3-5 0-2 5, Makal 0-1 1-2 1, Cowans 0-11 2-2 2, Moore 7-10 1-2 15, Murray 2-6 0-0 4. Totals 28-98 11-18 63.

Halftime - Wheeling Jesuit, 40-25. Three-point goals - Shepherd 4 (van Norden, Murray, Stewart, Kunkel), Wheeling Jesuit 4 (Yoder, Bonar 2, McCune).

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