Monday, March 7, 2005
By Bob Heller
USP women's basketball player Leah Shumoski (Marple-Newtown High School/Broomall, PA) was named to the Daktronics NCAA Division Women’s Basketball All Northeast Region Team as a second team selection. The voting is done by the Division II sports information directors in the region.
Shumoski, a junior forward, led the Devils (21-9) in steals (107); rebounding (8.8/gm) and blocked shots (45). Leah was also second on the team in scoring (16.8 ppg.); field goal percentage (.434) and assists (97). Shumoski leads the CACC in steals; ranks 3rd in the league in scoring; 7th in rebounding; and 4th in blocked shots. During the 2004-05 season, Shumoski was named CACC Player of the Week four times and earned honor roll status three times.
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. In the CACC semi-final playoff game, Leah scored 28 points to become the Devils all-time scoring leader, surpassing Chauntrelle Clayton’s mark of 1,352 set from 1998-2002. Shumoski finished the season with 1,389 career points. She also broke the career mark for free throws made in that contest, connecting on 10 of 11 shots from the charity stripe and finished the season with 379 made free throws for her career. Leah also has 739 career rebounds, 240 career steals and 95 career blocked shots, ranking 4th, 3rd and 2nd on the respective USP all-time lists.
Shumoski earned second team Daktronics Northeast Region honors last season and was the CACC 2004 Women’s Basketball Player of the Year. Leah was also an Honorable Mention All-American as named by the Division II Women’s Basketball Bulletin.
Shumoski is a pharmacy major, pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. The former Marple Newtown High School athlete is in her third season of play for the Devils.