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Rams good, Wolves not

Shepherd women rout Cheyney, 80-39

Shepherd women rout Cheyney, 80-39

December 07, 2007|By JOHN O'BRIEN / Staff Correspondent

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - A 41-point win Thursday night left Shepherd University women's basketball coach Jodie Runner with a simple question: Is her team that good, or was its opponent that bad?

Behind Katie Warehime's 24 points and eight rebounds, the Rams evened their record at 3-3 with an 80-39 win over Cheyney University. They held the Wolves to 24 percent shooting and forced 23 turnovers.

Cheyney (0-4) was coming off a 45-point loss to California (Pa.) in which it committed 38 turnovers.

"To be honest with you, when we played them last year it took a full 40 minutes to pull away from them," Runner said. "I thought it would be a lot harder tonight."

Shepherd trailed just once, 6-4 four minutes into the game before point guard Tiffany Acker kickstarted a 15-2 run with seven straight points. Her steal led to a short jumper to tie the game at 6, then she hit a 3-pointer and made layup after Molly Land's steal to make it 11-6.

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The Rams' run continued with two free throws from Rebecca Frece, a pair of buckets from Colleen Shumaker and Laura Harkins' layup.

Acker finished with 12 points, four rebounds and two steals in 18 minutes.

"Tiffany's done a great job keeping her focus," Runner said. "That's why she's starting. She's done a good job running the team and taking the shots when they come to her."

Shumaker tallied 12 points and nine rebounds off the bench as the Rams shot 51 percent.

Lillian Penn led Cheyney with 10 points and Stephanie Orji grabbed nine rebounds.

Frece led the Rams with five assists. They led 43-20 at halftime, yet Runner didn't feel comfortable.

"It was important for our girls to keep their intensity for all 40 minutes," Runner said. "That was our goal tonight. In the opening tournaments, we've tended to stink it up in the first five minutes of the half."

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