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December 10, 1998


Two university teams shooting the basketball successfully is a lot like a close friend having bronchitis.

It's not contagious.

The Haskell women's team relied upon a tumultuous full-court defense and deft shooting to keep its record unblemished with a 71-63 victory Wednesday over Kansas City Community College at Coffin Complex.

The men played the nightcap without the same success, however, as Kemper Military Academy shellacked the Indians, 98-72.

The Indians' women's team improved to 11-0 after spurting to a quick lead and holding on throughout the remainder of the contest.

Tied at 14 early, the Indians reeled off 14 unanswered points that allowed them to sail. The Indians' defense was so dominant, the Blue Devils needed 55 seconds to advance the ball past halfcourt during one stretch after Haskell forced KCKCC to cough up three quick turnovers and converted them for easy layups.

"All we need to do is take control of the ball," Haskell's Melissa Mossett said.

The 5-foot-10 freshman took control of the contest with a game-high 19 points. She hit her first five shots and eventually nailed a baby hook shot before the end of the first half.

"My favorite shot," Mossett said.

The Haskell defense forced 17 turnovers to drop the Blue Devils to 3-5.

"We just couldn't escape their pressure," KCKCC coach Jill Phillips said. "They attacked the whole game and never wore out."

Haskell's Robin Shield added 17 points (and two 3-pointers) while Marinda Lamon and Eve Robichaud each chipped in 10.

The men were forced to watch a non-Haskell team hit its shots.

Kemper notched four double-digit scorers, including 20 points from reserve Kevin Toatley.

"He had been playing well in practice this week, so I wanted to get him some extra playing time," said Kemper coach Alan Foster, who watched the Atlanta, Ga., freshman light up Haskell six times (in seven tries) from 3-point range.

Fellow Georgians Charles Walker (18 points) and Keith Boyd (12) helped improve Kemper to 4-8.

Haskell was led by Theodore Chesarek, who scored 11 points and a handful of rebounds.

He was the only success story of the evening for the Indians (3-8), limiting fellow fellow 6-foot-7 center Emmanuel Jackson to four points, but "We still have some things to work on," Haskell head coach Al Gipp said.

The men and women will travel to El Reno, Okla., to face Redlands Community College on Saturday.

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