Monday, January 22, 2007
By Bob Heller
The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia women's basketball team placed three players in double figures as they cruised to their sixth straight win, a 68-48 triumph over Georgian Court University tonight at the Bobby Morgan Arena in Philadelphia.
With the win, the Devils improve to 11-6 overall and 8-4 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference games. USP has now won six straight overall and seven straight conference games. Georgian Court falls to 3-14 overall and 1-11 in league play.
Shelby Rance (Sr., Central Columbia HS/Bloomsburg, Pa.) led all scorers with 19 points. Rance connected on seven of 13 shots from the field (1-2 3FG) and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Joining her in double figures were Lori Sedina (Sr., Lower Cape May HS (NJ)/ Springfield, Pa.) and Rashanna Edwards (Sr., West Windsor-Plainsboro HS/Cherry Hill, N.J.). Sedina made six of 11 shots from the field along with a pair of free throws for 14 points. Lori also pulled down six boards, had two assists, two blocks and three steals. Edwards scored 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the field (1-2 3FG) and a pair of free throws. Rashanna also dished out a game-high six assists. Allison Weiss (So., Springfield HS/Springfield, Pa.) pulled down ten rebounds to lead the Devils.
Ashley Lobbato was the lone player to reach double figures for the Lions, scoring 11 points on 5-for-15 shooting from the field. Lobbato also paced the Lions with eight rebounds and four assists. Melinda Hunold added nine points for GCU. (3-6 3FG)
Hunold's three-pointer 39 seconds into the game gave the Lions their only lead of the evening, 3-2 as the Devils countered with an 22-4 run to take a 17-point lead, 24-7 at the 9:49 mark. USP scored the first 10 points of the run, getting baskets from Rance, Sedina, Erin Chesnavich (Fr., Bishop O'Reilly HS/Pittston, Pa.) and Edwards followed by a pair of free throws by Chesnavich. Following a basket by Lobbato to snap the 10-point run, Sedina added a short baseline jumper, Edwards completed a traditional three-point play and Rance nailed her only three-point field goal of the night to boost USP's lead to 20-5. Gina Nazzaro's layup made the score 20-7 before Edwards and Chesnavich completed the 22-4 run with layups. The Lions cut USP's lead to 12 on two occasions before the Devils took a 14-point advantage into the locker room at the break, 31-17.
Edwards' three-point field goal at the 15:09 mark boosted USP's lead back up to 17, 41-24 and Rance added a traditional three-point play to give the Devils a 19 point lead, 50-31 at the 12:28 mark. The Lions cut the lead to 16, 52-36 before the Devils went on a 9-0 run to take their biggest lead of the game, 25 points, 61-36 with 8:08 left. Rance started the run with a 15 foot jumper and Mary Beth Christian (Jr., Villa Joseph Marie/Warrington, Pa.) followed with a 10-foot baseline swish to make the score 56-36. Rance added two free throws and Edwards completed her second 'three-point-play' of the night to complete the run. Georgian Court whittled the lead down to 20 by the 1:50 mark with a 10-5 run but that was as close as they would come as USP's Autumn Tully (So., Union-Endicott HS/Endicott, N.Y.) made a pair of free throws with 39 seconds left and GCU's Jasmin Rodriguez added a layup with three seconds left to finish the scoring as the Devils prevailed 68-48.
For the game, the Devils shot 47.2% (25-53) from the field and were 16-of-21 from the free throw line. Georgian Court made just 21 of 56 shots from the field (37.5%) and was just 2 of 6 from the charity stripe (33.3%). The Devils also held the advantage on the boards, outrebounding the Lions, 38-30.
USP's next game will be against Wilmington College on Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at the Bobby Morgan Arena. Tip off is slated for 6 p.m.