Saturday, December 10, 2005
By Bob Heller
Leah Shumoski scored 33 points and Rashanna Edwards added a career-high 20 points as the University of the Sciences women’s basketball team won their second straight game, 87-64 over Post University today in Waterbury, CT.
Shumoski (Sr., Marple-Newtown HS/Broomall, PA) connected on 14 of 29 shots from the field and was a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line. The senior forward also led the Devils with six rebounds and three assists. Edwards (Jr., West Windsor-Plainsboro HS/Cherry Hill, NJ) connected on eight of 10 shots from the field, including two of three from three-point range and a pair of free throws en route to her career-high performance.
Joining Shumoski and Edwards in double figures was Shelby Rance (Jr., Central Columbia HS/Bloomsburg, PA) with 11 points. Mary Beth Christian (So., Villa Joseph Marie HS/Warrington, PA) added nine points off the bench and Lori Sedina (Jr., Lower Cape May Regional HS/Cape May, NJ) chipped in eight. Marjorie Prado led the Eagles with 28 points while Tadj Williams had 15.
USP connected on 34 of 67 shots from the field (50.7%) and set a school record going a perfect 16-for-16 from the free throw line. Post connected on only 41.1% of their shots from the field (23-56) and was 14 of 18 from the charity stripe. The Devils held a big advantage on the boards, out rebounding the Eagles 37-28. USP had 17 turnovers to Post’s 25.
Post scored on their opening possession but the Devils followed with the next 16 points to take a 16-2 lead and never looked back. Post climbed back within eight, 18-10 with an 8-2 run but their defense could not contain the Devils offensive threats as USP followed with a 15-2 run to build their lead to 23 points 35-12 with 5:22 left in the period. Post shaved six points off the lead by the break and the Devils went into the lockerroom with a 17-point lead 42-25.
Rance scored the Devils first five points of the second half to boost the lead back up to 20, 47-27 at the 16:22 mark. The Devils defense limited Post to just three field goals over the next 6:34, building their lead to 25 points, 63-38 with 9:48 left. Post whittled the lead back down to 18, 75-57 at the 4:44 mark but baskets by Shumoski and Edwards and free throws by Allison Weiss (Fr., Springfield HS/Springfield, PA) and Edwards boosted the Devils lead to their biggest margin of the day, 26 points, 83-57 with 2:45 left before the Devils settled in for the 23-point win, 87-64.
The Devils are off until 2006 when they will take on Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ on January 5, 2006. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.