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Basketball Spotlight:
Devils Dominate the Glass as They Defeat Nyack

Saturday, January 21, 2006

By Bob Heller
USIP Sports Information Director

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.

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