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January means conference games for Shepherd teams

By Staff | Jan 6, 2017

The Shepherd men ended their December with a 60-50 road win over Lincoln (Pa.) to even their overall record at 5-5 and partially erase the memory of an 88-62 loss at Shippensburg just days earlier. The Rams are 2-2 in Mountain East Conference games and next play on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 4 p.m. in the Butcher Center against West Virginia State.

In their first 10 games, the Rams have guard Steffen Davis averaging 16.8 points a game and making 83-percent of his free throws. A.J. Carr scores 13.1 points a game and averages 6.9 rebounds. Naim Muhammad scores 11.1 points per night, gets 6.2 rebounds and hands out 5.6 assists.

Skyler Roman scores 10 points a game and connects on 41-percent of his three-point attempts. Winston Burgess scores 7.5 points per game, takes down 6.6 rebounds and makes 55-percent of his field goal attempts. Gavin McTavish averages 6.8 points a night and 4.3 rebounds coming off the bench.

Unbeaten Fairmont leads the conference and a trio of teams with just one overall loss — Charleston, Wheeling Jesuit and West Liberty — complete the top four teams in the Mountain East Conference.

The Shepherd women closed the 2016 portion of their schedule with a six-point loss at home against Virginia State. The non-conference loss left Shepherd with a 4-8 overall record and 1-3 in the Mountain East Conference.

A 474-421 rebounding deficit in its 12 games has hurt Shepherd this season.

Shepherd faces West Virginia State on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m. in the Butcher Center.

Morgan Arden, coming off the bench as a reserve in recent games, has a 13.3 scoring average while making 77-percent of her free throws.

Cara Mason is Shepherd’s other double-figure scorer with a 10.9 average. She makes 79-percent of her free throws and 48-percent of her field goal tries. Liz Myers provides the Rams with 9.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and makes 48-percent of her field goal tries.

Kayla Tibbs scores 9.8 points a night. Lauren Reed averages 6 points and makes 88-percent of her free throws. Kari Lankford scores 5.6 points a game and snares 4.7 rebounds per outing.

Wheeling Jesuit is 4-0 in conference games with five schools — Glenville, UVa.-Wise, West Virginia State, West Virginia Wesleyan and Charleston — all claiming 3-1 league records.