Saturday, December 3, 2005
By Bob Heller
Shelby Rance scored the 1,000th point of her college career in the first half and finished the game with 26 but it was not enough as the Devils blew an eight-point lead in the final seven minutes of play, losing to Dominican College 66-58.
The loss drops the Devils to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in league play. Dominican improves to 3-1 overall, 1-1 in league play.
Needing just seven points to reach the 1,000 point mark for her career, Rance (Jr., Central Columbia HS/Bloomsburg, PA) scored the devils first six points of the game to move within one of the mark. Shelby did not score again until the 1:59 mark when she nailed a 20-foot jumper for three points, becoming just the 11th women's player in school history to eclipse the 1,000 point mark. With her 26 points today, Rance now has 1,019 for her career.
Rance connected on 8 of 14 shots from the field, including three three-pointers and went 7-for-8 from the free throw line. Shelby also pulled down 10 rebounds for her second career double-double. Joining Rance in double figures was Rashanna Edwards (Jr., West Windsor-Plainsboro HS/Cherry Hill, NJ) with 11 points.
Ashley Rossi led Dominican with 18 points. Data Rotio added 17 while Jackie Tracy chipped in 12.
Trailing by six at the half, the Devils scored the first nine points of the second half to take a 34-31 lead at the 17:26 mark. Rance recorded six of the Devils nine points in the run- a four-point play to open the period and two free throws at the end of the run. USP added a 13-5 run midway through the period to turn a tie game into an eight point margin, 54-46 with 6:52 to go.
Dominican quickly cut into the lead, going on an 11-2 run over the next 4:06 to take a 57-56 lead at the 2:46 mark. Rotio's layup at the 1:39 mark made the score 59-56 before another pair of free throws by Rance pulled the Devils within one, 59-58 at the 1:25 mark. The Chargers scored the games final seven points, aided by two USP turnovers to make the final score 66-58.
Dominican shot 46.3% from the field (25-54) to the Devils 34.6% (18-52) and held a slight advantage on the boards 35-34. USP committed 22 turnovers (13 in the second half) to Dominican's 14 for the game. The Devils made 16 of 18 free throws while Dominican was 15 of 24.
USP returns to action on tuesday, December 6, 2005 when they take on Felician College in a CACC matchup. Tip off is 6 p.m.