Tuesday, March 7, 2006
By Bob Heller
PHILADELPHIA, PA University of the Sciences in Philadelphia women’s Basketball player Shelby Rance (Central Columbia High School/Bloomsburg, PA) was named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week ending March 5, 2006.
Rance, a 5’8” junior guard, scored 61 points in three games this week as the Devils swept through the CACC Women’s Basketball Tournament to capture their second CACC Championship in three years and earning CACC Tournament Most Valuable Player Honors.
In Saturday’s conference championship game against top-seeded Holy Family University, Rance led all scorers with 17 points while pulling down six rebounds and recording two steals as the Devils upset the Tigers 66-57 to capture the championship. The junior guard made 4 of 10- shots from the field, including two of four from three-point range and was a near perfect 7-for-8 from the free throw line.
A day earlier, Rance scored 20 points and played the entire game as the Devils defeated Bloomfield College 79-68 to advance to Saturday’s championship game. Rance made six field goals (two three’s) and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. Shelby also had three assists and a blocked shot.
Rance opened the CACC playoffs with a 22-point effort against Felician College in the CACC Quarterfinals on Wednesday, connecting on 10 of 16 shots from the field and two free throws. The First Team All-CACC player also grabbed five rebounds, dished out two assists recorded two blocked shots and two steals.
The former Central Columbia High School athlete is in her third season of play for the Devils. Shelby leads the Devils in scoring (18.0 ppg.), free throw percentage (85.3%) and three point field goal percentage (32.5%). She leads the CACC in free throw percentage and ranks second in the league in scoring.
Rance is a pharmacy major, pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.