Saturday, February 4, 2006
By Bob Heller
Shelby Rance scored 21 points and Leah Shumoski scored 18 points and pulled down a season-high 19 rebounds as the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia women's basketball team cruised to their fourth straight win, 79-56 over Post University this afternoon in Philadelphia.
The Devils improve to 14-6 overall and 13-4 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) games. Post falls to 10-11 overall and 9-9 in league play.
Rance (Jr., Central Columbia HS/ Bloomsburg, PA) led all scorers with 21 points, connecting on seven of 12 shots from the field(2 'threes') and going 5-for-5 from the free throw line. Shumoski (Sr., Marple Newtown HS/Broomall, PA) scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half to finish the game with 18 (6-6 FT). Leah also had 10 of her 19 rebounds in the second half. Leah's 19 rebounds also ties her career high set back in the 03-04 season. Three other players joined Rance and Shumoski in double figures for the Devils. Davitra Goode (Jr., Central Islip HS/Central Islip, NY) came off the bench to score 11 points on 5-for-7 shooting in the first half while Allison Weiss (Fr., Springfield HS/Springfield, PA) and Rashanna Edwards (Jr., West Windsor-Plainsboro HS/ Cherry Hill, NJ) each added 10 points
Post was led by Marjorie Prado's 18 points. Telisha Moultrie added 12 while Tadj Williams chipped in 11 points. Moultrie and Williams each had nine rebounds for the Eagles.
A late Post rally in the first half made the game close at the break with USP leading by six 41-35. The Eagles opened the second half with a quick basket to cut the leads to four, 41-37 but the Devils went on a 14-0 run over the next 6:33 to take an 18 point lead, 55-37. Shumoski had six of the Devils 14 points during the run. Weiss and Rance had three and Edwards two. USP's defense forced six turnovers and four missed shots during this 6 1/2 minute stretch.
After the Devils boosted their lead to 19, 69-50 at the 5:20 mark, Post went on a 6-0 mini-run to pull within 13, 69-56 with 3:18 left. USP then scored the final 10 points to make the final margin of victory 79-56.
The Devils finished the game shooting 47.6% from the field (30-63) and 84.2% from the free throw line (16-19). The Devils also made three of seven shots from beyond the arc (42.9%). Post shot 31.1% for the game (19-61) and was held to just five field goals in the second half (5-29, 17.2%). The Eagles made 14 of 21 free throws (66.7%) and were 4-for-13 from long range (30.8%). USP held a big advantage on the boards 47-32. Both teams committed 20 turnovers but the Devils held a better assist/turnover ratio (16/20 to 9/20).
USP is off until Thursday, February 9, 2006 when they travel north to take on Nyack College. Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m.