BLUEFIELD — Several of the Shepherd women posted season highs as the Lady Rams made a quick recovery from an ugly loss to Ohio Valley by dispatching Bluefield, 98-65, on Saturday afternoon at the Shott gym on the campus of the Big Blues.
Bluefield was a first-division team in the WVIAC and came into the game with a 10-6 league record. Shepherd quickly assumed a 16-4 lead and was never seriously threatened after that.
Rachel Johnson scored a career highs of 27 points and doled out a career-high eight assists as she went 12-of-15 (80 percent) from field.
Emily Daniel approached the 1,000-point career scoring mark with her 18 points. Daniel helped the Lady Rams batter Bluefield on the boards with her career-high 13 rebounds.
Priscilla Moseh came off the Shepherd bench to add 13 points (6-for-7 from the foul line). She had seven rebounds and a game-high four steals. Alex Weakland was the fourth Shepherd player in double figures with her 12 points. She had six rebounds. Kristina Prange added eight points and three rebounds in 19 minutes.
Shepherd outrebounded the Big Blues, 56-35.
With the conference victory, Shepherd improved to 8-9 overall and 7-6 in the WVIAC. Bluefield went 10-7 overall and 8-6 in conference games.
Daniel had 969 points and with 31 more points would become the 14th Shepherd player to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Her 13 rebounds left her with a career total of 712 and she became only the eighth player in Shepherd history to claim more than 700 rebounds.
Shepherd was in seventh place in the conference standings with a power rating of less than one point more overall than eighth-place Bluefield.