Shepherd women win first four; men not as lucky
With four players averaging in double figures, the Shepherd women won their first four games of the season.
Morgan Arden (22.3), Kayla Tibbs (14.5), Kari Lankford (13.8) and Tiffany McKinney (11.5) are pacing the Rams in scoring. Lankford leads the team in rebounds with 10 a game.
Shepherd opened the 2017-18 season with wins over Winston-Salem State and Shaw in games played in Winston Salem, NC. The Rams defeated Winston-Salem, 82-65, and then Shaw, 85-61.
In its only home game of the early season, the Rams defeated Goldey Beacom, 79-69.
In its Mountain East Conference opener, Shepherd rallied throughout the second half to beat homestanding West Virginia State, 63-55.
West Virginia State held a 34-25 lead at the half, but the Rams outpointed the Yellowjackets, 38-21, in the second half to remain undefeated.
Shepherd’s womens’ next home game comes on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. against invading Glenville State.
The Shepherd men had a 1-3 record after four games.
In a season-opening tournament at the Butcher Center, the Rams lost on consecutive nights to Bowie State (Md.) and Gannon (Pa.).
With an 0-2 record the Rams traveled to Philadelphia to play winless Holy Family. Shepherd won by an 82-65 count as guard Thomas Lang scored 20 points and Gavin McTavish finished with 18 points.
Playing its first MEC game in Institute, the Rams fell to West Virginia State, 92-87, after holding a lead at halftime.
Derek McKnight and Devin Smith both scored 22 points for the Rams.
A.J. Carr leads Shepherd in scoring with a 16.8 points per game average. Smith averages 12.3 points, Steffen Davis at 12.0, Lang at 11.0 and McKnight at 10.3. Carr gets a team-leading 8.8 rebounds a game.
The Rams men return to the Butcher Center for a 4 p.m. game on Saturday, Dec. 2, against conference rival Glenville State.