Women’s basketball earn first win but continue to struggle

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(THE PICKET) While the rest of the student body was on Thanksgiving break, the women’s basketball team was bust improving their record, losing one game and winning two.

On Saturday, Nov. 21, the Rams were defeated by Glenville State University in their Mountain East Conference home opener. Shepherd lost 82-108, giving them 0-4 record overall.

Morgan Arden, sophomore guard, scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Rams. She added three assists and a steal. Liz Myers, junior forward, also recorded a double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Kristen Nunn, freshman guard, added 12 points, while junior guard, Cara Mason, contributed eight points and seven assists.

The Rams connected on 36.3 percent (29-70) from the floor with a 28.6 percent (2-7) effort from three-point range. Shepherd hit on 78.6 percent of its free throws (22-28). Rams forced 13 turnovers and committed 23.

Shepherd returned home with new momentum to host West Virginia Wesleyan on Monday, Nov. 23. The Rams downed the Bobcats with Arden scoring a game and season-high 25 points to lead Shepherd University to a 96-83 win. This win brought Shepherd to a 1-4 record overall and 1-1 in Mountain East Conference play.

Junior guard, Sammy Bane, came off the bench to toss in in a career-high 15 points on a 6-of-10 shooting effort. Freshman guard Kari Lankford had a career-high 14 points with six rebounds, while Nunn added 14 points, six rebounds, and four assists. Myers added 12 points and six rebounds, while Mason contributed four points and a game and career-high 11 assists.

The Rams connected on 55.9 percent (38-68) from the floor with a 57.1 percent (8-14) effort from three-point range. Shepherd hit on 66.7 percent of its free throws (12-18). Shepherd had a 41-33 advantage in rebounding and forced 17 turnovers and committed 16.

Rams hosted Gannon University on Wednesday, Nov 25. Nunn posted game-highs of 24 points and six assists to lead Shepherd University to a 70-60 win over the 23rd-ranked Golden Knights. With this win, Shepherd improved to a 2-4 record overall.

Arden added 14 points, while Myers added 12 points, eight boards, three blocked shots and two steals. Mason was also in double figures with 10 points.

Gannon got to within five points at 65-60 with 50 seconds left in the game after a layup by Jennie Theis. Shepherd sunk 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

The Rams connected on 45.5 percent (25-55) from the floor with a 33.3 percent (4-12) effort from three-point range. Shepherd hit on 84.2 percent of its free throws (16-19).

On Monday, Nov. 30, freshman guard Kristen Nunn was Mountain East Conference Player of the Week. She averaged 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists in a 2-0 week for

Shepherd. She helped the Rams pick up its first win of the season against West Virginia Wesleyan with 14 points, six rebounds, and four assists on Monday. She then ignited the Rams to upset of Gannon, number 23, with a game-high 24 points to go with eight rebounds, six assists, and a pair of steals.

The Rams will travel to West Liberty on Thursday, Dec. 3 for a 5:30 p.m. game.