Tuesday, March 1, 2005
By Bob Heller
USP women's basketball players Leah Shumoski (Marple-Newtown High School/Broomall, PA) and Shelby Rance (Central Columbia High School/Bloomsburg, PA) were named to the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference All-Conference Team as first team selections. The voting is done by the league’s 12 coaches.
Shumoski, a junior forward, currently leads the Devils in steals (99); rebounding (8.7) and blocked shots (43). Leah is also second on the team in scoring (16.5 ppg.); field goal percentage (.429) and assists (88). Shumoski leads the CACC in steals; ranks 5th in the league in scoring; 6th in rebounding; 3rd in blocked shots and 10th in assist/turnover ratio (1.17). During the regular season, Shumoski was named CACC Player of the Week four times and earned honor roll status twice.
This season, Shumoski became the 10th women’s basketball player in school history to record 1,000 career points; reaching the mark in the Devils game against Glenville State College on December 28, 2004. She currently has 1,330 career points, placing her 2nd on USP’s all-time scoring list, just 22 points behind the Devils all-time leader Chauntrelle Clayton (1,352). Leah also has 712 career rebounds, 232 career steals and 93 career blocked shots, ranking 4th, 4th and 2nd on the respective USP all-time lists.
Shumoski was the CACC 2004 Women’s Basketball Player of the Year, earned second team ECAC and Daktronics Northeast Region honors and was an Honorable Mention All-American by the Division II Women’s Basketball Bulletin.
Rance, a sophomore guard, currently leads the Devils in scoring (16.9 ppg.); free throw percentage (.861); and three-point field goal percentage (.319), ranking 2nd, 3rd and 9th respectively amongst the conference leaders in these categories. Shelby also leads the Devils in field goal percentage (.447) and is third on the Devils in rebounding (4.2). With 456 points this year to go along with her 392 as a freshman, Rance ranks 12th on the Devils all-time scoring list with 848 career points.
Both Shumoski and Rance are pharmacy majors, pursuing Doctor of Pharmacy degrees at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Shumoski is in her third season of play for the Devils while Rance is in her second.