Tuesday, January 16, 2007
By Bob Heller
Shelby Rance led the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia with 24 points as the Devils turned in a solid team effort to defeat Philadelphia University 65-53 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate conference women's basketball matchup tonight at the A & R Center in Philadelphia.
The win improves the Devils record to 9-6 overall and 6-4 in league games. The Rams fall to 9-5 overall and 8-3 in league play. The win is also the Devils fifth straight CACC win.
Rance's (Sr., Central Columbia HS/Bloomsburg, Pa.) 24 points led all scorers. Rashanna Edwards (Sr., West Windsor-Plainsboro HS/Cherry Hill, N.J.) joined her in double figures with 10 points. Lori Sedina (Sr., Lower Cape May HS (NJ)/Springfield, Pa.) and Allison Weiss (So., Springfield HS/Springfield, Pa.) added eight each and Hayley Lentz (Jr., Wilson Area HS/Easton, Pa.) came off the bench to score seven points. Weiss paced the Devils with 11 rebounds, with Rance adding five and Sedina four. Edwards set up the offense for the Devils recording seven assists.
With her four rebounds in tonight's game, Sedina becomes just the 10th women's basketball player in school history to record at least 500 points and 500 rebounds for their career. Sedina's 500th board came at the 15:40 mark of the first half. Lori now has 501 rebounds for her career.
Rance surpassed a milestone as well, as her 24 points pushed her past the 1,700 career point mark and giving her 1,707 for her career, second on the Devils all-time list behind Leah Shumoski (1,924).
Meg Abele and Ashley Webster led the Rams, scoring 13 points apiece. Alisha Ferguson added 12 points and led the Rams with six rebounds. Abele and Webster each had four assists.
The Devils came out on fire right from the opening tap as Rance made her first three shots, including two three point field goals and Edwards followed with a short jumper to give the Devils a 10-0 lead just 1:53 into the game. The Rams came back to cut the lead to 10-6 before Edwards nailed a three-point field goal and Rance a layup to boost the Devils lead back to 15-6 at the 12:52 mark. After a Ferguson layup made the score 15-8, the Devils went on a 17-6 run over the next 7:55 to take a 32-14 lead, getting points from five different players. PU closed out the half with an 8-1 run to pull within 11 at the break, 33-22. Rance finished the half with 14 points.
For the half, the Devils made 12 of 19 shots from the field (63.2%) including four of six from beyond the arc and were a near perfect 5-of-6 from the free throw line. Defensively, the Devils held Philadelphia to just 25% shooting from the field (7-25, 0-2 3FG) and outrebounded the Rams in the half 17-10, helping to offset 13 turnovers.
USP continued their hot shooting as the second half began as Rance opened the scoring with a basket and Edwards followed with a traditional three-point play to boost the Devils lead to 16, 38-22. Rance added another score, giving USP an 18 point lead, equaling their biggest margin of the game. The Rams then cut the lead to 10 points with a 14-6 run and trailed 56-46 with 6:05 left. Lentz followed with two layups to increase the Devils' lead to 14, 60-46 with 4:08 left. PU then pulled within 12, 62-50 before sending the Devils to the free throw line where they made three of five in the final two minutes. Abele added three free throws in the final seconds to make the final score 65-53.
For the game the Devils made 25 of 45 shots from the field (55.6%), including four of seven from beyond the arc (57.1%). The Devils made 11 of 14 free throws (78.6%). USP held a 31-24 advantage on the boards and committed just four turnovers in the second half to finish the game with 17. The Rams shot 19 of 51 from the field (37.3%) (0-6 3FG), and were 15 of 17 from the free throw line (88.2%) while committing 14 turnovers.
The Devils return to action this Saturday, January 20, 2007 when they host Nyack College. Tip off is set for 1 p.m.