Saturday, January 29, 2005
By Bob Heller
Shelby Rance and Leah Shumoski combined for 39 points as the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia Women's basketball team defeated Post University 70-55 in a CACC conference game at the Bobby Morgan Arena this afternoon.
Rance (So., Central Columbia HS/ Bloomsburg, PA) had a team-high 21 points, on 5-for-14( 4 three-point FG) shooting from the field and 7-for-8 from the foul line. Shelby also had six rebounds, dished out four assists and had three steals. Shumoski (Jr., Marple-Newtown HS/Broomall, PA) connected on 9 of 16 shots from the field for 18 points. In addition, Leah pulled down 10 rebounds for her second consecutive double-double. Shumoski also had a pair of blocked shots to go along with three steals. Lori Wernik (So., Lower Cape May Regional HS/Cape May, NJ) rounded out the double figure scorers for the Devils, chipping in 10 points. Post's Tadj Williams was the lone Eagle in double figures, recording a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds.
The Devils took command early. After a Post basket to open the game, USP went on a 12-2 run to take a 12-4 lead. Three point field goals by Rance and Stephanie Watson (Jr., Archbishop Ryan HS/Warminster, PA) highlighted the run. Post scored the next six points to pull within two 12-10 midway through the period. The Devils then used a 14-0 run to take a double-digit lead 26-10 with 4:38 remaining. Rance scored the first six points of the run with three free throws and her second '3-ball' of the half. Two baskets by Shumoski, a short jumper by Wernik and a pair of free throws by Lauren Kressaty (Fr., Wayne Valley HS/Wayne, NJ) rounded out the scoring during the run. Rance added a third three-point field goal at the 2:45 mark to give the Devils their biggest lead of the half, 19 points, 31-12. Post's Deena Wilson, Jennifer Plante and Williams each had a basket in the final 2:30 cutting the Devils lead to 17, 35-18 at the break.
The Eagles opened the second half with an 8-2 run to pull within 11, 37-26. Williams had four of the Eagles eight points during the run. The Devils still led by 11, 57-46 at the 7:14 mark when they went on a 12-4 run (two 6-0 runs with a 4-0 Post run in between)over the next four minutes to take equal their biggest lead of the game, 19 points, 69-50. Shumoski opened the run with a layup, Rance followed with a pair of free throws and Rashanna Edwards (So., West Windsor-Plainsboro HS/ Plainsboro, NJ) followed with a short jumper to make the score 63-46. Wilson and Courtney McGinnis then added baskets to make the score 63-50. Rance then added the last of her 21 points with a pair of free throws and Shumoski the last of her 18 points with two layups, the last one coming with 3:14 left. Post outscored the Devils 5-1 over the final 3:14 to make the final score 70-55.
While the Devils shooters were having an off day from the field (23-64, 35.9%) their defense held Post to just 31.7% shooting from the field 20-63) and 0-for-5 from three point range, the second consecutive game and third in the last four in which they did not give up a three point field goal. USP opponents have shot just 4-for-34 (11.7%)from three-point range over the last four games. Post held the edge on the boards 50-41 while both teams were fairly even from the free throw line with the Devils making 19-of-25 (76%) and post making 15 of 20 (75%).
In sweeping the season series from the Eagles, the Devils improve their record to 13-5 overall and 11-2 in league play. Post falls to 4-12 overall and 4-9 in league play. Next up for the Devils will be a CACC road game at Wilmington College on Tuesday, February 1, 2005.