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Rams women put an end to Glenville famine

January 12, 2008|By JOHN O'BRIEN

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W. Va. - A 4-6 record didn't mean anything to Shepherd University women's basketball coach Jodie Runner. She figured Glenville State was as good as ever.

Saturday, though, her team was as good as it ever has been against the Pioneers, ending the Rams' 12-game losing streak against Glenville with a dominating 63-35 victory. It was the first win for Runner over Glenville in her sixth year as head coach.

Glenville's men, however, took down the Rams 65-63.

"It feels great. I'm not going to lie," Runner said of her team's win, the first against Glenville since Feb. 2, 2002. "They have such a great tradition. Their record is a little deceiving. They've played some tremendous competition, the top teams in the country."

The Pioneers went undefeated in West Virginia Conference play last year, amassing a 33-8 total record, but they had their coach resign weeks before the current season started and returned only one starter. Playing a tough schedule that included No. 1 Division II North Dakota and a tough Lynchburg haven't helped their start.

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Krissy Grosselin led the Rams (7-4, 4-1) with 14 points, while Katie Warehime added 13 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Shepherd shot 42 percent from the floor and made 4 of 9 3-pointers, while the Pioneers (4-7, 2-2) shot just 27 percent from the floor and 2 of 17 on 3-pointers.

"I think defense was the whole key to the game," Runner said. "Mainly communicating - talking out plays. We know all theirs and they know all ours. If we don't talk through it, we're not going to defend it."

The Rams finished the first half on a 10-2 run to take a 37-19 lead that continued growing in the second half. In addition to its shooting woes, Glenville committed 23 turnovers.

"We wanted to push the game and make them run," Runner said. "We pressed early to try to catch them off guard, and make them think about it a little."

Donita Adams scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Pioneers, who also made only 5 of 15 free throws.

Shepherd's men had similar troubles shooting, connecting on only 37 percent of theirshots from the floor, 4 of 16 3-pointers and 13 of 20 free throws.

Down 35-34 at halftime, the Rams (8-4, 2-3) still managed to stay close despite their problems, but Anthony Kimble was clutch for the Pioneers (4-7, 2-2) in the game's final minutes.

After a Justin Jarman three-point play cut Glenville's lead to 57-56 with 1:42 remaining, Kimble rumbled down the right side of the lane, took a pass from Tryvan Leach and scored inside while being fouled by Liki Turner. Turner (16 points) fouled out on the play, and Kimble hit the free throw for a 60-56 lead.

Jarman, who led the Rams with 19 points and six rebounds, hit another hook with 1:13 remaining to make it 60-58, but Kimble hit a pair of free throws with 25 seconds left after Duncan Williams missed a runner that would have tied the game.

Fred Lymas sandwiched a Glenville free throw with a layup and a free throw of his own to make it 64-61 with 12 seconds left, but Kimble hit one more free throw to put the game out of reach. Jarman scored on a putback with 1 second left to provide the final margin.

Kimble had team-highs of 14 points and eight rebounds. Mykail Vibbert added 12, and Marcus Katney 11.

Williams was the only other Ram in double-figures with 10 points. Turner's 16 came in 22 minutes as he battled foul trouble.

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