Tuesday, January 17, 2006
By Bob Heller
The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia women's basketball team came to life in the second half of this evenings contest against Wilmington College as they opened up a big lead and cruised to their seventh straight win, 65-49.
The Devils improved to 9-4 overall and 8-2 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference play. Wilmington fell to 2-12 overall, 1-9 in league play.
The Devils were led by their dynamic duo of Leah Shumoski (Sr., Marple-Newtown HS/Broomall, PA) and Shelby Rance (Jr., Central Columbia HS/Bloomsburg, PA). Shumoski recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Rance had 16 points, four assists and five steals. Allison Weiss (Fr., Springfield HS/ Springfield, PA) led all rebounders with 11 boards.
Katelin Klingert led the Wildcats with 17 points. Barbara Fleming added 12. Wilmington's leading scorer and rebounder Nordia Henry was held to just two points and two rebounds on the evening.
The Wildcats kept the game close throughout the first half - a period that saw three ties and five lead changes with the Devils opening up a 12-point lead with a 15-2 run starting midway through the period and ending at the 5:18 mark with the score 25-13. The Wildcats closed out the half with an 11-6 run to pull within seven at the break 31-24.
USP opened the second half with a 12-2 run to go up by 17, 43-26. Rance started the run with a layup and finished it with one. In between Shumoski had two layups and a pair of free throws and Lori Sedina (Jr., Lower Cape May Regional HS/Cape May, NJ) added a basket.
The Wildcats slowly battled back and cut the lead down to 13, 51-38 at the 8:22 mark before the Devils scored eight straights points to start a 14-5 run and take their biggest lead of the game, 22, 65-43 with just 2:41 left. Shumoski's two jumpers started the run with Shay Nelson (So., Cumberland Regional/Millville, NJ) following with four straight points to make the score 53-38 before Wilmington's Jamie Gallagher nailed a three-point field goal. Layups by Stephanie Watson (Sr., Archbishop Ryan HS/Warminster, PA) and Jamie Barvinchak (Jr., Chenago Forks HS/ Binghampton, NY) followed before Watson completed the run with a short baseline jumper. The Wildcats closed out the scoring with a pair of three point field goals to make the final margin 16, 65-49.
The Devils shot just 40% for the game (26-65) and were 12 for 17 from the free throw line. Wilmington shot 32.1% from the field (17-53) and were 7-for-13 from the free throw line. USP held a slight advantage on the boards 42-39 and committed just 10 turnovers to the Wildcats 23.
The Devils face their toughest test of the season when they travel to Northeast Philadelphia to take on defending CACC Champs Holy Family University on Thursday, January 19, 2006. Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m.