Shepherd men even record, women fall to Kutztown in overtime
SHEPHERDSTOWN — Kutztown’s Zoe Zerman scored on a last-seconds layup to send the Golden Bears’ PSAC women’s game with Shepherd into overtime. In the five-minute extra session, Kutztown outgunned the Rams by seven points to register a 78-71 win last Saturday.
The loss snapped Shepherd’s seven-game winning streak and left the two teams tied for second place with 12-6 East Division records. Shepherd was 18-6 overall and the Golden Bears were 15-9 overall in addition to their East Division mark.
Shepherd’s downfall could be traced to the rebounding statistics where the Rams had only 28 rebounds and the homestanding Golden Bears claimed 45 rebounds. Kutztown committed 23 turnovers and Rams had 14 floor errors.
Toward the end of regulation time in the fourth quarter, Shepherd’s Abby Beeman made two free throws with only three seconds remaining, but Kutztown rapidly got the ball to Zerman, who made a layup that created the need for overtime.
Beeman totaled 26 points for the Rams while Marley McLaughlin tossed in 20 points and Sydney Clayton added her 14 points. Clayton, a junior, now has 1,013 points for her career. Alexis Smith led the Golden Bear scorers with her 23 points and Zerman added 16 points.
The two teams split their two regular season games.
The Shepherd men closed their PSAC game against Kutztown with a telling 7-0 run of points to defeat the Golden Bears, 70-59. By winning for the third straight time, Shepherd leveled its overall record at 12-12 and improved its conference record to 8-10 while drawing even in the standings with Kutztown, also 8-10 in its 18 PSAC games. The Golden Bears were 10-14 overall.
Although it didn’t attempt many free throws, the Rams made 10-of-11 foul shots. Shepherd claimed 40 rebounds and the Golden Bears collared 32 rebounds.
The cleanly played game saw Kutztown commit only seven turnovers and Shepherd have nine turnovers.
Shepherd had a slender 31-29 lead at halftime.
Kyle Daggett landed 18 Shepherd points and 11 rebounds. He was 8-for-10 on his field goal attempts. Daniel McClain-Corley scored nine points and led Shepherd with seven assists.
Kutztown’s Tarojae Brake led all scorers with 21 points.
Shepherd and Kutztown were tied in the East Division standings as both teams vie for a conference tournament spot.