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Glenville raps Shepherd women

February 05, 2007|by JOHN O'BRIEN / Staff Correspondent

SHEPHERDSTOWN W. Va. - When the Shepherd University women's basketball team managed to get the ball near the rim, it did OK Thursday night against nationally-ranked Glenville State.

Unfortunately for the Rams, just getting a shot off proved more difficult than it sounded.

Rachel Redick scored 16 points and Casey Taylor added 15 as the Pioneers beat Shepherd 73-46 despite being outshot from the floor.

The Rams (11-7, 7-4 West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) shot 46 percent from the floor, while Glenville State managed just 41 percent shooting, but Shepherd was done in by 34 turnovers, 12 more than its average.

The Rams were ranked 226th in Division II in that category entering the game.

Point guard Rebecca Frece turned it over 10 times in 23 minutes, and the Pioneers (19-2, 10-0) won their 13th in a row. They are ranked sixth in the USA Today/ESPN Women's Basketball NCAA Division II Top 25 poll.

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Despite 18 first-half turnovers, Shepherd trailed only 25-24 with 2:48 left in the first half. Glenville State, however, finished the half on an 8-0 run that started with Taylor's steal and layup and ended with a Melanie Oliver putback that made it 33-24.

Glenville opened the second half with a 15-5 run that made it 48-29 with 14:53 remaining.

Frece opened the second-half scoring with a layup, but Karina Kendrick followed with a pair of free throws, Taylor sandwiched the Rams' Laura Harkins' jumper with two of her own and Redick made a layup to make it 41-28 with 17:04 remaining.

Kendrick hit two more free throws, then added a steal that led to Mallory Menendez's jumper that made it 45-28.

Shepherd's Camille Wilmer hit a free throw before Redick nailed a 3-pointer that made it 48-29. In the first 5:22 of the first half, the Rams committed five turnovers.

Taylor led the Pioneers with four steals as Glenville State collected 14 overall. Karina Kendrick added six points and a team-high eight rebounds, helping the Pioneers gather 21 offensive rebounds.

They took 24 more shots than the Rams, who were led by Laura Harkins' 20 points, six rebounds and five blocks. She also turned the ball over six times. She was the only Shepherd player with more than six points.

Andrea Kauffman had six points and three assists for the Rams, who shot only 6 of 16 from the free throw line. Frece, Wilmer and Nylia Zamora were a combined 2 for 10 from the line.

For Glenville State, Kendrick had six points and a game-high eight rebounds, while Redick added four assists.

Hedgesville graduate Miranda Reed, a freshman, played six minutes, registering one assist and two turnovers while not taking a shot.

Shepherd, which entered the game fourth in the conference, lost for the fifth time in seven games following a school-record nine-game winning streak. Their 46 points were a season-low, besting a 67-47 loss at the University of the District of Columbia.

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