Saturday, February 18, 2006
By Bob Heller
Leah Shumoski recorded her 12th double-double while Allison Weiss and Lori Sedina had the hot shooting touch as the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia cruised to their tenth straight victory, 70-52 over Caldwell College in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball game tonight in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
With the win the Devils improve their record to 20-6 overall and 19-4 in league play. Caldwell falls to 8-18 overall and 8-15 in league play. The Devils reach the 20-win plateau for the third consecutive season with the win. The ten straight wins ties a school record set in 2003-2004, the year they won the CACC championship and participated in the NCAA Northeast Regionals.
Shumoski (Sr., Marple Newtown HS/Broomall, PA) led all scorers with 22 points, while pulling down 10 rebounds. The senior forward shot 8-for-15 from the field and 6-for-9 from the free throw line. Shumoski also had three steals, two assists and a blocked shot. Weiss (Fr., Springfield HS/Springfield, PA) had a perfect shooting game,going 6-for-6 from the field and 5-for-5 from the free throw line for 17 points. Weiss also pulled down six boards. Sedina (Jr., Lower Cape May HS/Cape May, NJ) had a season-high 14 points, shooting 7-for-9 from the field and also recording two blocked shots. Rashanna Edwards (Jr., West Windsor-Plainsboro HS/ Cherry Hill, NJ) dished out a game high seven assists.
Despite making five of their first eight shots from the field, the Devils still found themselves tied at 13-13 with a little over seven minutes gone back in the opening period of play. USP then went on a 20-6 run over the next nine minutes to take a 33-19 lead, getting 12 of the 20 points from Shumoski, four from Shelby Rance (Jr., Central Columbia HS/ Bloomsburg, PA) and two each from Sedina and Autumn Tully (Fr., Union-Endicott HS/Endicott, NY). The Cougars shaved two points off the lead by the break as the Devils went into the locker room leading 37-25.
USP's defense went to work in the second half, limiting to Cougars to just one field goal in their first 10 shots of the period going on a 17-5 run to open the half and take a 24-point lead 54-30 at the 12:00 mark. This run belonged to Weiss as she scored 11 of her 17 points over the eight minute stretch.
The huge lead allowed Devils Head Coach Nate Ware to rest some of his starters to have them ready for the regular season finale against Holy Family and the upcoming CACC playoffs. Sedina's last basket of the night gave the Devils their biggest lead, 26 -points at the 5:07 mark, 66-40. The Cougars closed out the half by outscoring the Devils 12-4 over the final 5:07 to make the final score 70-52.
USP made 15 of 27 shots in the second half (55.6%) and finished the game shooting 51.8% (29-56) from the field. Caldwell made 10 of 29 shots in the second half (34.5%) and finished the game shooting 32.8% (19-58) from the field. The Cougars shot a bit better from three-point range, canning four of ten shots and were 10 for 12 from the free throw line (83.3%). USP was 11-for-14 from the charity stripe (78.6%). The Devils held a slight edge of the boards, 35-34 and had an excellent assist/turnover ration of 22/15 compared to Caldwell's 8/19.
USP closes out their regular season with a home game against area rival Holy Family University on Saturday, February 25, 2006. Tip off is slated for 1 p.m.