Saturday, January 21, 2006
By Bob Heller
The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia rebounded from their tough loss at Holy Family Thursday night with a lot of rebounds, 53 of them as they handily defeated Nyack College in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) women's basketball game this afternoon at USP's Morgan Arena.
With the win, the Devils improve to 10-5 overall and 9-3 in CACC games. Nyack fell to 2-13 overall and 1-11 in league play.
The Devils 53 rebounds were a season high as they outrebounded the Warriors 53-32. 16 of their 52 rebounds were offensive boards, leading to 18 points.
Two USP players reached double figures in rebounds. Lori Sedina (Jr., Lower Cape May HS/Cape May, NJ) led all players with 14 boards while Leah Shumoski (Sr., Marple-Newtown HS/Broomall, PA) added 13. Shumoski also led all scorers with 17 points to record her sixth double-double of the season and her third in the last four games. Sedina added 8 points and a game high four blocked shots. Allison Weiss (Fr., Springfield HS/Springfield, PA) joined Shumoski as the only players to reach double figures scoring with 12 points. Shumoski had a game high four assists to go along with two blocked shots and three steals.
Sarah Hindmarch led the Warriors with 13 points while Tamyra Lathon added 10. Shelly Yount had a team-high seven rebounds.
USP led wire-to-wire with three ties early in the game. The Devils utilized an 11-3 run midway through the period to build a 13-point lead 24-11 at the 6:55 mark with Mary Beth Christian (So., Villa Joseph Marie HS/Warrington, PA) capping off the run with traditional three-point play. (layup and free throw) Weiss' layup in the final seconds gave the Devils a 35-21 lead at the break.
Nyack opened the second half with a 10-6 run to cut the lead back down to 10, 41-31 at the 16:50 mark but the Devils countered with a 15-4 run to put things away, taking a 56-35 lead with 9:46 to go. USP got points from all five starters during the run, led by Shelby Rance’s (Jr., Central Columbia HS/Bloomsburg, PA) six points. Nyack would get no closer than 16 down the stretch and the Devils took their biggest lead of 22, 72-50 with 1:50 left on Davitra Goode's (Jr., Central Islip HS/Central Islip, NY) layup before settling in four the 19-point win, 73-54.
The Devils shot just 39.7% from the field (23-58) but were 27-for-34 from the free throw line (79.4%). Nyack took just eight free throws, making five (62.5%)- all in the second half. The Warriors shot 32.8% for the game (22-67) and were 5-22 from beyond the arc (22.7%). USP was 0-4 from long distance and committed 15 turnovers to Nyack's 16.
USP opens up the second half of their conference season with a home game against area rival Philadelphia University on Tuesday, January 24, 2006. Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m.