Eagles' Shepard soars to AMC Weekly Award

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

(LEBANON, Ill.) - Jessica Shepard of Williams Baptist College has been named the American Midwest Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week. Shepard takes home the honor for the period covering Feb. 16-22.

Jessica Shepard

Shepard, a 5'5" freshman guard from Leachville, was an offensive force for the Eagles in four games last week. Shepard averaged 23.8 points per game along with 3.8 rebounds per contest. She was 26-of-55 from the field (47.3 percent), but was even more accurate from three-point range, hitting 9-of-17 attempts (52.9 percent) from beyond the arc.

In addition, Shepard was an impressive 34-of-37 (91.9 percent) from the free throw line, and has not missed in her last 31 attempts from the charity stripe. She scored 20 points or more in each of the last three games of the week for Williams. Shepard started the run with 27 points in an 82-75 victory at Harris-Stowe State University. She followed that with 28 points in a 72-61, come-from-behind win at home against McKendree University, then registered 21 points in a close 64-61 home loss to No. 14-ranked Columbia College.

Along with her stout scoring numbers, Shepard had 10 assists and seven steals. So far in 2008-09, Shepard is averaging 15.8 points per game, which ranks fourth among all AMC players. She made just under 81 percent of her free throw attempts on the year, and also leads the team with 97 assists and 40 steals. The Williams Baptist College Lady Eagles are 13-14 overall and 6-8 in the AMC.

Shepard is a graduate of Buffalo Island Central High School. She is the daughter of Patrick Shepard and Sherrie Shepard, both of Leachville.

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