Wednesday, December 29, 2004
By Bob Heller
Entering last night’s game against Glenville State College, University of the Sciences Philadelphia women's basketball player Leah Shumoski (Marple-Newtown HS/Broomall, PA) needed eight points to reach the 1,000-point mark for her career. After three field goals early in the game, Leah sank a pair of free throws at the 6:11 mark of the first half to reach the 1,000 point mark.
Shumoski becomes just the tenth women’s basketball player in school history to score 1,000 points in her career, reaching the mark in her 65th career game as a Devil. The junior forward is the second fastest in school history to reach 1,000 points behind Kim Koschineg (OT’01) (43 games).
Leah’s free throws pulled the Devils within two points 21-19. Shumoski added a basket at the 4:46 mark to give the Devils their only lead of the game 23-21 as Glenville State pulled away as the half wound down and went on to win the game 74-42. Leah added another basket in the opening minutes of the second half to finish the game with 12 points, giving her 1,004 for her career.
Shumoski, a junior forward, entered the season with 884 career points in 56 games played. Currently, Leah has appeared in 65 career games for the Devils, averaging 15.44 points per game. So far this season, Shumoski is the second leading scorer on the Devils, averaging 13.3 points per game. Leah also leads the team in rebounding with 74 (8.2/gm) and steals (37), and is second on the team in assists with 28.
Shumoski also ranks amongst the USP career leaders in steals (170, 6th place); blocked shots (60, 5th place); rebounds (550, 9th place) and assists (131, 14th place).
A former Marple-Newtown High School athlete, Shumoski is in her third season of play for the Devils. Leah is a Pharmacy major at USP and will graduate in 2007 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.