Shepherd women see end to record season
The Shepherd women’s basketball team had never been to an NCAA tournament. But after finishing in a three-way tie for first place in the Mountain East Conference regular season race, the Rams and their 21-9 record received a bid to the Division II Atlantic Regional being hosted by California of Pennsylvania.
In its first game in the Atlantic Regional, Shepherd defeated Indiana of Pennsylvania, 68-60, making 25-of-31 free throws and outrebounding the Crimson Hawks, 50-40.
Gabby Flinchum scored 21 points and claimed 12 rebounds as the Rams continued to rewrite the school’s record books and make their own history.
Morgan Arden added 15 points, Rachel Johnson scored another 10 points and Alex Weakland grabbed a telling 10 rebounds. Cara Mason had nine points as the Rams were able to increase a scant 29-28 halftime lead.
Indiana made only 12-of-24 free throws in losing to a team it had beaten by 33 points in an early-season game on the Crimson Hawks’ home court. Indiana closed out its season with a 25-4 overall record.
In the Regional semifinals, Shepherd fell, 85-69, to Bloomsburg (Pennsylvania).
Flinchum had a team-high 20 points and had seven rebounds. Arden scored nine points as did Mason and Briana Vaden. Weakland scored eight points and took down seven rebounds. Johnson was able to score eight points in the final game of her Shepherd career.
Bloomsburg hurried out to a 44-21 lead by halftime and increased its lead to 30 points at one time in the second half.
Flinchum finished her four-year career with 1,328 points, leaving her in fourth-place on the Shepherd all-time scoring list, while Johnson had 1,238 points in her career, leaving her in seventh place all-time on the points list.
Shepherd closed out the record-setting 2014-15 season with a 22-10 overall record, while the Huskies moved to the Regional finals with a 26-4 overall record.