Saturday, February 28, 2004
By Bob Heller
Fresh off the heels of their upset win over Holy Family on Thursday, the USP women's basketball struggled early against a stubborn Bloomfield College team. However the Devils got their act together in the second half to earn their 21st victory of the year, 72-60.
Leah Shumoski (So., Marple-Newtown HS, Broomall, PA) again paced the Devils, recording her 11th double-double of the season with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Leah also recorded five steals to tie her for the team lead on the season with Roni DiCiccio (Sr., Clearview Regional HS/Mullica Hill, NJ). both players have 80 steals so far this year. DiCiccio had only one steal on the afternoon but had a season-high 14 points. Roni connected on 9-of-10 free throws over the last 1:31 to seal win. Her stellar shooting also raised her season free throw percentage to 75%. (42-56).
The Devils came out flat in the first half, shooting just 37% from the field and just 56% from the free throw line. (Bloomfield shot 41% and 100% respectively). USP's lackluster play and poor shooting enabled the Deacons to take a 29-27 lead at the half.
The Devils got off to a much better start in the second half, scoring the first seven points to take a 34-29 lead at the 18:18 mark. Bloomfield countered with a 10-2 run and retook the lead 39-36 with 13:58 left. USP answered with 12 straight points to go up by nine 48-39 midway through the period. A jumper and a layup by Shumoski started the run. DiCiccio followed with three-point field goal and Shumoski along with Davitra Goode (Fr., Central Islip HS/Central Islip, NY) added layups. Leah added a free throw for the final point of the run.
Five minutes later, the Devils increased their lead to double digits, go up by as many as 13 before settling in for a final margin of 12.
USP is now 21-5 overall and they finish at 20-2 in the CACC.
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