This past week the Shepherd University women’s basketball team took to the road to take on Ohio Valley and Bluefield State in a pair of WVIAC Conference match-ups.
The ladies headed to Vienna, West Virginia to take on a Fighting Scott team looking knock off one of the top teams in the WVIAC Conference. Things looked bleak at half time for the Rams as they found themselves down 45-33.
Shepherd found their spark midway through the second half when they went on an 18-7 run and even took the lead by one, 72-71, with just over three minutes remaining in the contest. The teams then traded the lead over the next two minutes.
With just over one minute left to play, Ohio Valley drained a crushing jump shot to take a 75-74 lead. The Fighting Scotts then went a perfect 6-6 from the free throw stripe down the stretch to seal the 81-76 victory.
Emily Daniels led the Rams with 18 points and nine rebounds while Priscilla Moseh poured in 15 points and Alex Tamez added 10 of her own.
The ladies then got back on the bus and headed for Bluefield, West Virginia looking to bounce back against the Lady Blues. And bounce back they did.
Lead by a stellar career performance from sophomore Rachel Johnson (27 points), the Rams dominated for both halves of the game. Johnson went 12-of-15 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the behind the arc in leading the Rams.
The Rams went with a quick and swift approach on offense and rode that to a 98-65 victory. They shot 79 percent from the free throw stripe draining 19-of-24. Priscilla Moseh (7), Gabby Flinchum (6), and Alex Weakland (6) were crucial in helping the Rams to a 56-35 rebounding advantage.
With her 18-point and 13-rebound double-double against the Lady Blues, senior forward Emily Daniel needs just 31 points to become the fourteenth player in program history with 1,000 points. She also became the eighth player in program history to eclipse 700 rebounds.
Shepherd improves to 8-9, 7-6 in WVIAC play on the season. This coming week the women stay home to host Pitt-Johnstown on Monday before heading to Alderson-Broaddus on Saturday.