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Basketball Spotlight:
Devils Cruise to Fifth Straight Win

Friday, February 10, 2006

By Bob Heller
USIP Sports Information Director

The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia used a 53-point outburst in the first half as they cruised to a 74-54 win over Nyack College in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women’s basketball game tonight at the Bowman Center in Nyack, NY.

The Devils improve to 15-6 overall and 14-4 in league play. Nyack falls to 3-18 overall, 2-16 in league play.

The Devils were led by Shelby Rance (Jr., Central Columbia HS/ Bloomsburg, PA) and Leah Shumoski (Sr., Marple Newtown HS/Broomall, PA). Rance scored 22 of the Devils 53 first half points and finished the game with 27. Shumoski scored 16 points (6-6 FG in the second half, 12 points) and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. Allison Weiss (Fr., Springfield HS/Springfield, PA) added seven points and five rebounds while Rashanna Edwards (Jr., West Windsor-Plainsboro HS/ Cherry Hill, NJ) had eight points and five assists. Mary Beth Christian (So., Villa Joseph Marie HS/ Warrington, PA) came off the bench to score seven points and pulled down five rebounds.

Nyack was led by Deb Roberson’s 10 points. Tamyra Lathon, Brittany Cawley, Shelly Yount and Kaarina Sterns each had six points for the Warriors. Stacy Kuperus had a game high eight rebounds.

The Devils opened the game outscoring the Warriors 23-8 over the first nine minutes. Rance had 12 of the Devils 23 points during the run. A jumper by Roberson later in the period made the score 29-15 before the Devils closed out the period with a 24-11 run over the final 7:18. Rance finished the period connecting on six of eight shots from the field (2-2 from beyond the arc) and making eight of nine free throws to account for her 22 points.

USP shot 53.1% in the first half (17-32) while making 17 of 20 from the charity stripe (85%). The Devils also committed only five turnovers while outrebounding their opponent 24-13.

The Devils built their lead to 33 points in the first 6:32 of the second period on a 14-8 run, getting a short jumper by Shumoski to start the run and three straight by the senior forward to end it. Shumoski also had another basket in the middle of the run to account for 10 of the Devils 14 points. The Devils still led by 30, 72-42 with 7:41 to go before the Warriors closed out the game with a 12-2 run to make the final score 74-54.

USP shot 26 for 53 for the game (49.1%) while Nyack connected on 20 of 55 shots (36.4%). The Devils made 20 of 23 free throws (87%) while Nyack shot 11-for-14 (78.6%). The Devils held a 36-29 advantage on the boards but committed 18 turnovers for the game (13 in the second half).

The Devils return home to take on Goldey Beacom College in a CACC matchup on Saturday, February 11, 2006. Tip off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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