Jean Ann Shelmet - California, possible relative?
Lady Eagles get thumped in debut Poor first half, turnovers lead to 78-47 loss By STEVE GUERTIN Journal sports editor As expected, Mendocino College's women's basketball team got off to a slow start in its debut in college hoop, falling to the visiting Santa Rosa JC Bear Cubs 78-47 Monday night. The Lady Eagles ran into trouble early, showed a brief sign of life, then fell apart to fall behind by 27 points at halftime. "We had a lot of balls taken away," said Mendocino head coach Bill Brunemeyer. Mendocino committed 35 turnovers in the game, with about half leading to buckets the other way. Santa Rosa scored the game's first 15 points before the Lady Eagles rallied to close within 19-13 with 10:08 left in the first half. But Santa Rosa put the clamps on and allowed Mendocino only one point over the next eight minutes, taking a commanding 39-14 lead. The Bear Cubs led 43-16 at the half. "I didn't think we'd win the game, but I thought we'd do better than 16 points at halftime," Brunemeyer said. "We were down 15-0 and came back, then we stood on 13 points for 10 minutes. We just couldn't do anything right." Santa Rosa's Jean Ann Shelmet dominated the inside all night, pulling down offensive rebounds and getting easy layups. And when Shelmet wasn' t hitting from inside, Angela Church was lighting it up from the outside. Shelmet finished with 19 points and dished off eight assists, while Chruch finished with a game-high 21 points and nine assists, including two 3-pointers. Jody Williams led Mendocino with 12 points. Denise Crabtree chipped in with nine, Chris Zacarias had eight, and Jonna Badgeley ^••••^^•^^•^••••••••••••^•••^^^••MMH Steve Gucrun/The Daily Journal Mendoclno's Dawn Weldon, right, gets her shot blocked by Santa Rosa JC's Jean Ann Shelmet during women's basketball competition at Mendocino College Monday night. The Lady Eagles lost In their debut, 78-47. and Dawn Weldon each had seven. "We didn't set up our offense very well," Brunemeyer said. "But they tried hard, and we had a better second half than first half. You could see a lot of inexperience and tentativeness." Mendocino hosts Feather River College next Saturday night, and the Lady Eagles expect to have three volleyball players join the team by then. Dawn Whybum, Lisa Falleri and Jerri Walker wind up their volleyball seasons tonight at home against Sierra. Mendocino will need all three against Feather River. Despite playing in only its second season of women's basketball, Feather River has been scoring close to 100 points in exhibition games this year.