While most students spent their break relaxing, the Lady Rams were hard at work on the court. The team played three games over the break, which left them with two wins and a loss, bringing their record to 4-1.
On Saturday, Nov. 22, Shepherd traveled to Glenville State College and defeated the Lady Pioneers 109-98. Freshman guard Morgan Arden, senior guard Rachel Johnson, and senior guard Briana Vaden were the leading scorers for the Lady Rams. Shepherd’s shooting percentage played a large part in this victory. Shepherd shot 54 percent from the floor, 100 percent from beyond the arc, and 75 percent from the charity stripe.
Following their win, Shepherd hosted West Virginia Wesleyan College. Once again, Shepherd got the win with a final score of 75-59. Despite low shooting percentages, the Lady Rams were able to put up plenty of points. Four players were in the double digits in scoring. Senior Alex Weakland led Shepherd with 19 points. She was followed by Morgan Arden, Briana Vaden, and junior forward Kristina Prange. Sophomore forward Liz Myers also put up 13 rebounds and four steals.
On Wednesday, Nov. 26 the Lady Rams traveled to Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, the winning streak came to an end when they fell to the Lady Crimson Hawks 85-52. Liz Myers led the Rams with 16 points for the game. Shepherd did not put up the best numbers during the game, connecting on only 25.8 percent of their shots from the floor.
Despite the loss, it is clear that the Lady Rams are already off to a great start. A four game winning streak to start off the season hasn’t happened for the Lady Rams since 1999.
With this great start to the season, a lot of heads are turning to new head coach Jenna Eckleberry. While she is playing a big part in the team’s success, she wants to give the spotlight to the players. “It’s awesome to come in as a new head coach and have such a great start, but it’s even more important for our girls,” said Eckleberry.
The Lady Rams are now 4-1 and 2-0 in conference match-ups. Fans can catch Shepherd in action at home on Thursday, Dec. 4 when they host West Virginia State.