Shepherd women split games in California

BELMONT, Calif. — After defeating the five-player Pacific Union College team (by a score 74-38), in its first game of women’s basketball season, Shepherd saw its record evened at 1-1 when it fell to Cal State University at Monterey Bay, 64-56, the next night.

Shepherd opened last Friday with a 74-38 win over Pacific Union College, a team that played only five players and didn’t have any foul out.

The Lady Rams had all 11 players get at least 13 minutes of playing time and had a 42-21 lead at the half.

Reserve guard Rachel Johnson scored 17 points and center Gabby Flinchum totaled 11 points and had six of Shepherd’s 44 rebounds. Pacific Union College had 26 rebounds.

Emily Daniel and Alex Wheatland each had six Shepherd rebounds.

Reserves Jimyse Brown and Jazmin Tolson each totaled nine points. Kristina Prange and Weakland both scored eight points and Alex Tamez notched seven points.

In the eight-point loss to Cal State University Monterey Bay, Shepherd had both Flinchum and Brown score 14 points, Daniel finished with eight points and both Tolson and Johnson add six points.

But Shepherd lost the game because it committed a startling 29 turnovers with starting guard Tamez having six herself. Even the Shepherd bench combined to commit 11 turnovers. Cal State University at Monterey Bay had 24 turnovers with starter Nikki Beckman having eight herself to go along with a 2-for-10 showing from the field.

Shepherd was only 19-for-50 (38 percent) from the field, but had a 36-34 rebound advantage. Cal State University at Monterey Bay also shot 38 percent (23-for-60) from the field but attempted 10 more shots.

Cal State University at Monterey Bay had already assumed a telling 42-28 lead at the half.

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