Thursday, January 4, 2007
By Bob Heller
The East Stroudsburg University women's basketball team outscored the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia by 20 points in the second half (48-28) as they overcame a slim halftime deficit to cruise to an easy 75-58 win over the Devils tonight at the Bobby Morgan Arena.
The loss drops the Devils record to 5-6 overall. East Stroudsburg improves to 7-2 on the season.
Erin Chesnavich (Fr., Bishop O'Reilly HS/Pittston, PA) led the Devils with 19 points and game-high nine rebounds. Rashanna Edwards (Sr., West Windsor-Plainsboro HS/Cherry Hill, N.J.) chipped in 12 points and dished out a team high four assists.
Alyssa Antolick, a transfer from DeSales University and a former Division III WBCA All-American came off the bench to record 22 points to lead all scorers. Jhazmin Brown scored 11 points, while Jackie Yandrisevits pulled down a team high seven rebounds and had a game-high five assists.
The Devils led by three at the half, 30-27 as the Warriors all but erased the 10 point lead the Devils built in the first five minutes of play when they jumped out to a 10-0 advantage. USP increased their lead to six in the opening minute on a traditional three-point play by Chesnavich, 33-27 before the Warriors scored six straight points on two three-point field goals to tie the game at 33-all. ESU took their first lead of the half, 40-39 at the 14:54 mark on a short jumper by Brown and later built the lead to six 51-45 with 9:06 left.
The Devils battled back, cutting the lead to two, 51-49 at the 7:16 mark on baskets by Lori Sedina (Sr., Lower Cape May HS (NJ)/Springfield, Pa.) and Chesnavich, only to have the Warriors embark on an 11-3 run to take a ten point lead, 62-52 with 2:56 left. Two free throws by Shelby Rance (Sr., Central Columbia HS/Bloomsburg, Pa.) cut the lead to eight, 62-54 with 2:41 left but that was as close as USP would get as the Warriors outscored the Devils 13-4 over the final 2:30 to make the final score 75-58.
USP's second half collapse was fueled by nine turnovers (leading to 12 ESU points) and a lackluster 9-for-25 shooting effort from the field (36%). USP also shot just 64.3% from the free throw line in the second half. For the game, the Devils made just 20 of 51 field goals (39.2%) and 16 of 25 free throws (64%- well below their league leading team average of 80%).
ESU made 16 of 29 shots in the second half (55.2%) and finished the game shooting 44.4% (28-63) from the field. The Warriors were 15 of 24 from the charity stripe (62.5%) and outrebounded the Devils 39-35. USP committed 19 turnovers, leading to 18 ESU points while ESU had just 13 (leading to 12 USP points).
The Devils return to conference action on Saturday, January 6, 2007 with a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference game against Post University at the Bobby Morgan Arena. Tip off is slated for 1 p.m.