Saturday, February 19, 2005
By Bob Heller
Leah Shumoski recorded her 11th double-double of the season and Stephanie Watson reached double figures for the second straight game as the USP Women's Basketball team cruised to their fourth straight win, 67-37 over Nyack College this afternoon at the Bobby Morgan Arena.
Shumoski (Jr., Marple-Newtown HS/ Broomall, PA), two games removed from her triple-double performance on Tuesday night, scored 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. In addition, Leah blocked four shots and had three steals. Watson (Jr., Archbishop Ryan HS/Warminster, PA) had 14 points and pulled down six rebounds. Mary Beth Christian (Fr., Villa Joseph Marie/Warrington, PA) came off the bench to score nine points without missing a shot (3-3 FG, 3-3 FT).
Tamyra Lathon was the lone Nyack player in double figures with 13 points.
The Devils held the Warriors to just 14 field goals on 59 shots (23.7%) and just 2 of 14 from beyond the three-point arc (14.3%). The Devils connected on 23 of 59 shots from the field (39.0%). USP held the advantage on the boards, 47-36 and committed just 11 turnovers to Nyack's 16.
For the second straight game, the Devils led wire-to-wire, using a 31-9 run midway through the first period to turn a close game into a 22-point advantage, 37-15 with 3:04 left. Nyack outscored the devils 8-4 to close out the period, giving the devils a 41-23 lead at the break.
The Devils opened the second half with an 8-2 run, getting baskets from Shelby Rance (So, Central Columbia HS/Bloomsburg, PA), Watson, Shumoski and a pair of free throws from Rashanna Edwards (So, West Windsor-Plainsboro HS/ Plainsboro, NJ) to take a 49-25 lead at the 16:27 mark. Sixteen seconds later, a Nyack bucket cut the lead to 22, which would be as close as the Warriors would get. The Devils built their lead to as many as 33 before settling for the 30-point win, 67-37.
USP honored their two senior players, Jackie McGinness (Sr., Kennedy-Kenrick HS/ Norristown, PA) and Jan Kalafut (Jr, Bishop Hoban HS/Wilkes Barre, PA), in a short ceremony prior to the game. McGinness is a four year player and co-captain of this year's team. Kalafut has been part of the Devils program the past three years after transferring into USP from Temple.
USP is now 18-7 overall and 16-4 in league play. Nyack falls to 3-21 overall, 3-17 in league play. The Devils take to the road for their next game, a crucial league matchup against Caldwell College on Tuesday, February 22, 2005.