The Lady Rams (9-8, 6-5 MEC) rolled to their fourth straight win Wednesday evening against West Virginia Wesleyan (4-10, 4-7 MEC) with a blowout win 92-66 on the road.
Senior guard Kari Lankford led all scoring with 22 points on the night as the Rams took control of the game just after one period where they were up by 17 points.
Shepherd knew they would have to keep their focus against the Bobcats of Wesleyan going into their home court and pulling off the win. After the first quarter came to a close the Bobcats doubled their scoring in the second period but it still wasn’t enough to hold Shepherd.
Second leading scorer for the lady Rams was senior Kayla Tibbs with 21 points and was 8-16 from the field, while she was 5-10 from the 3-point range. Tibbs and Lankford gave the lady Rams a nice one-two punch to help put away the Bobcats.
Overall the Rams were 29-56 from the field shooting just under 52 percent (51.8 percent.) They shot decently well from the 3-point range as well 42.1 percent to keep the distance in the score. Their largest lead of the game came with 30 seconds left leading by 26 points.
The one area that the Bobcats outplayed the Rams was bench points. The Bobcats had 31 points to Shepherd’s 28 points from the bench. The Rams dominated on the boards and turnovers with 10 extra points being scored.
At the end of the first half, the Rams had a commanding lead 53-32, with 28 points scored in the first period and 25 scored in the second. Having a large cushion going into the second half gave the Rams some breathing room.
There were only three lead changes throughout the game early on in the first quarter. The Bobcats kept trying to make their way back in the game and scoring more points than the Rams in the third quarter 20-19.
The Lady Rams look for their fifth straight win at home Saturday against Fairmont State.
Oliver Wickiser is a Sports Reporter for The Picket, he can be reached at: Owicki01@rams.shepherd.edu