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Basketball Spotlight:
Devils Return To Action With Win Over Dominican

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

By Bob Heller
USIP Sports Information Director

Leah Shumoski recorded her second consecutive double-double and Kate Jordan became the Devils all-time steals leader as the USP women's basketball team returned to action after a break for final exams with an 87-69 win over Dominican College last night, remaining undefeated in conference play with a 3-0 CACC record.

Scoring 14 points in first half, Shumoski (So, Marple-Newtown HS/Broomall, PA) finished with a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds. Leah also added five blocked shots and five steals.

Three other players joined Shumoski in double figures. Shelby Rance (Fr., Central Columbia HS/Bloomsburg, PA) added 13 points while Davitra Goode (Fr., Central Islip HS/Central Islip, NY) added 10 off the bench on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting from the field. Jordan (Sr., Delaware Valley HS/Matamoras, PA) also chipped in 13 points, six rebounds and six assists along with three steals.

Jordan's second steal of the night at the 16:45 mark, gave her 259 for her career, moving her past Kim Koschineg (OT '01) as USP's all time women's basketball steals leader. Kate added a third steal later in the game, finishing the night with 260 career steals.

The Devils took control of the game early with a 19-0 run in the first half turning a tied game at 7-7 into a 26-7 lead en route to a 44-24 halftime advantage.

USP continued to play well throughout the second half, opening up their biggest lead of 32 points, 76-44 with 6:17 remaining before settling in for the 87-69 win.

The Devils finished the game shooting 54.4% from the field (37-68).

USP is now 3-2 overall and 3-0 in CACC action.

Devil doings: Several USP women's basketball players appear in the most recent CACC statistical rankings. Kate Jordan and Roni DiCiccio (Sr., Clearview Reg. HS/Mullica Hill, NJ) are ranked 1st and 2nd respectively in assists (5.5 and 5.25 per game) as well as 1-2 in assist/turnover ratio (DiCiccio- 1st (2.33), Jordan -2nd (2.20)). DiCiccio is also tied for third in steals (3.0 per game). Jordan ranks third in free throw percentage (88.9%); 8th in blocks (tied); 10th in steals (2.25/gm) and 20th in scoring (10.8 ppg.). Leah Shumoski leads the Devils in scoring, rebounding and steals and is ranked 8th, 4th and 2nd in the league respectively (13.2 ppg., 8.2 rpg, 3.25 spg.). Shumoski is also tied for second in the league in blocked shots (2 per game). Shelby Rance is fifth in the league in 3-point FG% (38.5%) and 10th in field goal percentage (42.4%). As a team the Devils lead the league in nine different statistical categories and are second in five others. USP is second is scoring offense (70.5 points/gm) and first in scoring defense allowing only 47.5 points/game. The Devils are also first in assists, blocks, steals, turnover margin, assist/ turnover ratio, FG% defense, 3-pt FG% defense and scoring margin.

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