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Basketball Spotlight:
Offense Sputters as Devils Fall to Bloomfield

Thursday, February 3, 2005

By Bob Heller
USIP Sports Information Director

As hot as the University of the Sciences women's basketball were in the second half of Tuesday's game against Wilmington, the Devils were equally as cold tonight as Bloomfield College snapped their three-game winning streak, 68-51.

USP shot a season low 23.6% from the field, connecting on only 13 of 55 shots from the field. The Devils made 23 of 30 free throws (76.7%) to Bloomfield's 22-for-34 (64.7%) and were outrebounded 51-44 (21-15 on the offensive glass).

The Devils were led by Leah Shumoski (Jr., Marple-Newtown HS/Broomall, PA). Shumoski who played the final seven minutes with an injured hand, finished the contest with a game-high 20 points and a game high 15 rebounds, for her tenth double-double of the season. With her 20-point performance, Shumoski moves into sixth place on the USP all-time women's basketball scoring list with 1,222 points passing Alison Hargadon (1998-2002). Leah also recorded four blocked shots and had two steals.

Keir Dargon came off the bench to lead the Deacons with 16 points ands 11 rebounds. Domenica Raymond added 12 points and Shantae Barnes chipped in 11. Marissa Franklin also grabbed 11 rebounds before fouling out for the eighth time this season.

The Devils did not hold a lead for a single second in the entire first half, yet took a 25-24 lead into the locker room at the break, courtesy of a free throw by Jan Kalafut (Jr, Bishop Hoban HS/Wilkes Barre, PA) after time expired. The lead was short lived as Bloomfield opened the first half with three straight baskets to take a 30-25 lead. Shumoski broke the streak with a short jumper at the 17:16 mark to pull the Devils within three 30-27.

USP still trailed by two 32-30 when Bloomfield went on a 13-0 run to take command of the game, 45-30 with 7:53 left. Shumoski's early field goal was still USP's only basket of the half until the 5:56 mark, an 11 minute-20 second drought without a field goal. At this point, Bloomfield had built their biggest lead of the game, 19 points, 51-32. Shumoski added a pair of layups to make the score 53-36 with five minutes remaining. Leah's last layup at the 5:06 mark started an 8-0 USP run to pull the Devils within 11, 52-43 with just 3:45 left. Bloomfield hit 15 of 18 free throws in the final three minutes of play to seal USP's fate and hand the Devils their third conference loss of the season.

The Devils are now 14-6 overall and 12-3 in league play, falling to third place behind Bloomfield (14-6, 13-2).

USP takes to the road for their next match as they travel to Newark, New Jersey to take on the New Jersey Institute of Technology in a CACC matchup on Saturday, February 5, 2005.

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