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Shumoski scores 30 as Devils Defeat Lightning

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

By Bob Heller
USIP Sports Information Director

Leah Shumoski burned the Goldey Beacom Lightning for 30 points and 13 rebounds as the USP women's basketball team won their third straight game, 84-54 at Goldey Beacom's MBNA Hall earlier tonight.

Shumoski (Jr., Marple-Newtown HS/Broomall, PA) connected on 14 of 20 shots from the field and two of four from the free throw line en route to her second 30-point game in two weeks. Leah also recorded eight steals and dished out three assists on the night.Her 30-point, 13-rebound performance is her fifth double-double on the season and second consecutive.

Shelby Rance (So., Central Columbia HS/ Bloomsburg, PA) joined Shumoski in double figures for the Devils (8-4, 6-1 CACC) with 16 points (10 in the second half).

Leading by only six points at the half, the Devils came out on fire in the second period, holding the Lightning without a field goal for the first 11:18 while outscoring their foes 26-4 to lead 66-38. Eight of Rance's 10 points came during this run. USP also got six points from Shumoski and four from Lori Wernik (So., Lower Cape May Regional HS/Cape May, NJ) during the run. Wernik finished the game with eight points and a team high six assists. The Lighting finally got their first field goal with 8:25 left a layup by Kim Rowley,(18 points, 16 rebounds). USP continued to add to their lead, building their largest margin of 33, 80-47 with 3:27 left before settling in for the 84-54 win.

The Devils connected on 19 of 34 shots in the period (55.9%) while holding the Lightning to just five field goals in 22 shot attempts (22.7%). Ten different players put points on the board for USP in the period, while 11 players had at least one field goal in the game. Stephanie Watson (Jr., Archbishop Ryan HS/Warminster, PA) and Shay Nelson (Fr., Cumberland Regional HS/Millville, NJ) recorded career high in rebounds with eight and seven respectively.

With the win, the Devils pull even with Bloomfield College in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference standings with identical 6-1 records as the deacons were upset earlier this evening by Post University, 56-48. Bloomfield handed the Devils their only conference loss earlier this year.

The Devils are on the road for their next two games, conference matchups against Georgian Court College on Thursday, January 13, 2005 and Nyack College on Saturday, January 15, 2005.

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