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Basketball Spotlight:
Rams Hand Devils a Tough Loss

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

By Bob Heller
USIP Sports Information Director

The Philadelphia University women's basketball team came into USP's Bobby Morgan Arena having won their last two games and made it three in a row as they defeated the Devils 72-67 this evening.

The loss dropped the Devils into a tie with Philadelphia University in the conference standing with 9-4 records. USP fell to 10-6 overall while Philadelphia University improved to 11-5.

The Devils were led by Shelby Rance’s (Jr., Central Columbia HS/ Bloomsburg, PA) 24 points. Rance also had six rebounds and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Leah Shumoski (Sr., Marple-Newtown HS/Broomall, PA) added 10 points and 12 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season. Rashanna Edwards (Jr., West Windsor-Plainsboro HS/Cherry Hill, NJ) also scored 10 points for USP and dished out a game high seven assists. Shumoski also had three assists, three steals and two blocked shots.

Meg Abele paced the Rams with 20 points (9-9 FT) and seven rebounds. Ashley Webster and Nicole Mechell added 16 points while Alisha Ferguson chipped in 12.

After a first half which saw the Devils and Rams head into the locker room knotted at 33-all, USP came out and took a five point lead on a short jumper and a 'trey' by Rance. USP still led by five 42-37 before the Rams went on an 8-3 run to knot things up again at 45-45 with 11:02 left.

The Rams took their first lead of the second half, 53-51 on a pair of Abele free throws at the 7:23 mark and boosted their lead to four 57-53 at the 6:22 mark, before the Devils rallied to take a slim one point lead 60-59 with 3:41 left.

Abele hit two free throws two start a 7-0 Ram run to boost Philadelphia's lead to six, 66-60 with 2:03 left. Edwards' three point field goal brought the Devils within three 66-63 at the 1:14 mark. Philadelphia went to the foul line and was a perfect 6-for-6 over the final 1:09 to seal the win, 72-67.

The Rams finished the game making 27 of 29 shots from the charity stripe (93.1%). USP was 14-19 from the line (73.7%). The Devils were outshot 43.1% to 35.2% and held a 44-34 advantage on the boards.

The Devils take to the road for their next game, a crucial CACC matchup at Dominican College on Saturday, January 28, 2006. Tip off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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