Thursday, January 19, 2006
By Bob Heller
The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia women’s basketball team’s comeback effort in the second half fell short as the Holy Family University Tigers handed the Devils their first Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) road loss of the season, 75-67 tonight at Holy Family’s Campus Center.
The loss drops the Devils to 9-5 overall and 8-3 in CACC games. Holy Family improved to 13-1 overall and 11-0 in conference play.
USP was led by Shelby Rance’s (Jr., Central Columbia HS/Bloomsburg, PA) 29 points. (9-16 FG, 5-7 3FG; 6-7 FT) Rashanna Edwards (Jr., West Windsor-Plainsboro HS/Cherry Hill, NJ) added 12 points and a game-high five steals. Edwards and Leah Shumoski (Sr., Marple-Newtown HS/Broomall, PA) also dished out five assists apiece for the Devils. Shumoski also paced USP with eight rebounds.
Holy Family placed four players in double figures, led by Chrissy Kosiek’s 18 points. Kelly Killion added 17 points and six assists while Jennifer Andrews and Katie Dunn chipped in 12 and 10 points respectively. Andrews led the Tigers with nine rebounds.
A 10-0 run by the Tigers in the first half turned a tie game into a big lead 19-9 at the 13:04 mark. The Tigers continued to build the lead with strong shooting from beyond the arc (7-for-10 in the period), leading by as many as 19, 46-27 late in the half before taking a 15-point lead into the locker room at the break, 49-34.
Holy Family made 19 of 30 shots in the period (63.3%) with seven ‘threes’ while the Devils shot 43.3% (13-30) with just two “treys” (2-2).
USP opened the second half with a 15-6 run to trim the deficit to six points, 55-49 at the 13:34 mark. Rance scored seven of the Devils 15 points with Allison Weiss (Fr., Springfield HS/Springfield, PA) adding five and Shumoski three. The Tigers built the lead back up to double digits, 63-52, with 11:06 left, going on an 8-3 run of their own, getting two three pointers (Kosiek, Killion) and a layup from Kosiek.
Holy Family still led by 11, 66-55 with 6:46 to go when the Devils exploded for nine straight points to pull within two, 66-64 with 3:20 left. Rance started things off with a pair of free throws and added her fifth three-pointer of the night off a Tiger turnover to make the score 66-60. Another Tiger turnover led to a layup by Edwards and after a missed shot by Andrews, Lori Sedina (Jr., Lower Cape May HS/Cape May, NJ) was fouled and sank two free throws to make the score 66-64.
Killion stopped the run with a jumper at the 3:04 mark but turned the ball over on their next possession as Edwards made another layup to pull the Devils within two again, 68-66 with just 2:32 left. After Andrews went 1-of-2 from the line to put the Tigers back up by three, 69-66, the Devils had two chances to possibly tie the game but were unable to score. Kim Killion then broke the Devils back with a three-point FG from the right side to put the Tigers back up by six 72-66 with 57 seconds left. Holy Family made three of four shots from the charity stripe in the final minute to provide the final eight point margin, 75-67.
For the game the Tigers shot 49.1% (28-57) from the field, 52.4% from beyond the arc (11-21) and 80% from the free throw line (8-10). The Devils shot 39% from the field (23-59), 55.6% from beyond the arc (5-9) and 80% from the charity stripe (16-20). The Tigers outrebounded the Devils 41-27 while USP recorded just 13 turnovers to Holy Family’s 20 and outscored the Tigers in points off turnovers, 27-12. Holy Family scored 15 second chance points to USP’s five.