Saturday, January 15, 2005
By Bob Heller
Shelby Rance scored 22 points as one of three players in double figures to lead University of the Sciences Women’s basketball team to an 82-58 win over host Nyack College this afternoon.
Rance (So., Central Columbia HS/ Bloomsburg, PA) connected on 8 of 14 shots from the field, including three of six from three-point range. Shelby also pulled down seven rebounds and dished out five assists. Joining Rance in double figures were Stephanie Watson (Jr., Archbishop Ryan HS/Warminster, PA) and Leah Shumoski (Jr., Marple-Newtown HS/Broomall, PA). Shumoski had 14 points, five rebounds and six assists while Watson had 16 points, one shy of tying her career high, which coincidentally was set in the same gym as today's game nearly two years ago. Watson also had a team-high five steals.
The Devils used a 17-1 run in the first half to take control of the game. Rance started the run with a three-point field goal at the 16:48 mark, breaking a 4-4 tie. Shumoski followed with a pair of baskets and Rance added another three-pointer and a basket to give USP a double-digit lead, 16-5. Lori Wernik (So., Lower Cape May Regional HS/Cape May, NJ) followed with a jumper at the 12:47 mark and Watson competed the run with a three-point play.
USP still led 34-21 with 5:45 to go in the half when they went on an 11-0 run to take a commanding 45-21 lead with 1:57 left before settling in for a 47-26 lead at half time.
In the second half, the Devils continued to control the tempo of the game, eventually building their biggest lead of 35 points, 73-38. with 7:22 to go. Nearly two and a half minutes later, Rashanna Edwards (So., West Windsor-Plainsboro HS/Plainsboro, NJ) had a layup off a steal for the Devils last field goal of the game, making the score 77-46 with 4:58 left. Nyack outscored USP in the final 4:58, 12-5 with all of USP’s points coming on free throws, making the final score 82-58. Lauren Kressaty (Fr., Wayne Valley HS/Wayne, NJ) made four free throws in the final 2:14 and finished the game going a perfect 6-for-6 from the line for a career-high six points.
With the win, the Devils improve to 10-4 overall and 8-1 in CACC action, remaining a half game behind first place Holy Family University who defeated Post University earlier today.
The Devils return to the friendly confines of the Bobby Morgan Arena for their next game, a CACC contest against Caldwell College on Tuesday, January 18, 2005.