Saturday, February 25, 2006
By Bob Heller
The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia women's basketball team had their ten-game winning streak snapped this afternoon as Holy Family University defeated the Devils 51-40 to close out the regular season.
The Devils finish the regular season with a 20-7 overall record and a 19-5 record in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference games. Holy Family finished the regular season at 26-1 overall and a perfect 24-0 in league play.
The Devils as the #2 seed in the CACC will host Felician College in the quarterfinals of the CACC playoffs on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. Holy Family as the #1 seed will host Goldey Beacom College on the same date.
Leah Shumoski (Sr., Marple Newtown HS/Broomall, PA) led the Devils, recording her league-leading 13th double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Leah also had two assists, two blocks and two steals. Rashanna Edwards (Jr., West Windsor-Plainsboro HS/ Cherry Hill, NJ) added 11 points to join Shumoski in double figures. Katie Dunn led the Tigers with 12 points, the lone Holy Family player to reach double figures.
Trailing by one at the half, 26-25, the Devils came out cold in the final period, making just one of their first eight shots as the Tigers outscored their hosts 11-3 to take a 37-28 lead with 12:44 to go. Two minutes later, Holy Family had their biggest lead of the game, 11 points 39-28 with 10:33 left in the period.
USP pulled within seven on four occasions down the stretch, the last at the 3:12 mark on a pair of Edwards free throws, but this was as close as the Devils would come before falling by 11, 51-40.
USP made just four field goals in the second half, shooting 4-for-23 (17.4%) and finished the game shooting just 27.5% from the field (14-51), their lowest shooting percentage in a game this season. Holy Family shot 33.3% for the game (18-54) and held a 47-35 advantage on the boards. USP also misfired from the free throw line, connecting on just 11 of 21 shots (52.4%). The Tigers made 12 of 15 (80.0%).