Saturday, February 11, 2006
By Bob Heller
Leah Shumoski scored 20 points and recorded her 11th double-double of the season while teammate Shelby Rance had 18 points as the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia cruised to their sixth straight win, 85-68 over Goldey Beacom College in a women's basketball game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
With the win, the Devils improve to 16-6 overall and 15-4 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) games. Goldey Beacom drops to 5-17 overall and 5-14 in league play.
Shumoski (Sr., Marple Newtown HS/Broomall, PA) pulled down 14 rebounds in reaching her 11th double-double of the season. The senior forward connected on 10 of 17 shots from the field and also had three blocks, two steals and an assist in only 28 minutes of playing time. Rance (Jr., Central Columbia HS/ Bloomsburg, PA), the CACC's leading scorer had six assists and four rebounds to go along with her 18 points. Allison Weiss (Fr., Springfield HS/Springfield, PA) joined the Shumoski and Rance in double figures with 12 points while Rashanna Edwards (Jr., West Windsor-Plainsboro HS/ Cherry Hill, NJ) had eight points and eight assists. Autumn Tully (Fr., Union-Endicott HS/Endicott, NY) came off the bench to score seven points for USP (3-3 FG).
The Lightning were led by April Yanacek and Toni Jones. Yanacek had 21 points while Jones added 20. Kim Rowley had 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
The Devils opened the first half with a 20-9 spurt never looked back, building a 34-13 lead with 9:27 left in the half and 51-32 margin by the break, marking the second straight game the Devils put 50 or more points on the board in the first 20 minutes. USP took advantage of 10 Lightning turnovers, scoring 15 points from them in the period. The Devils also scored 10 points on second chance opportunities compared to just two points for the visitors.
In the second half, the Devils opened with an 15-4 run to take a 66-36 lead just six minutes into the half. Shumoski had all six of her second half points in this stretch before getting a well deserved rest and letting her teammates take over the rest of the way. Rance started the period off with a three-point field goal and later added her fourth 'trey' of the day at the 11:13 mark before heading to the bench herself. By the midway point of the period, USP Coach Nate Ware was resting his regulars. USP took their biggest lead at the 9:16 mark, 77-46 on a Davitra Goode (Jr., Central Islip HS/Central Islip, NY) layup and still led by 31, 81-50 with 7:09 remaining. Goldey Beacom closed out the half with an 18-4 spurt to make the final margin 17 points, 85-68.
For the game, USP connected on 37 of 78 shots from the field (47.4%) while Goldey Beacom made 27 of 65 (41.5%). The Devils also made five of ten shots from beyond the three-point line compared to just one of seven for the Lightning. Goldey Beacom held the advantage on the free throw line, making 13 of 14 (92.9%) to USP's 6-for-7 (85.7%) as only 18 fouls were called between both teams the entire game. The Devils held a 44-35 advantage on the boards and took advantage of 20 GBC turnovers and a good assist/turnover ratio, 23/15 to 15/20 for the Lightning.
USP is on the road again next week with three consecutive road games, starting with Wilmington College on Tuesday, February 14, 2006. Tip off is set for 6 p.m.