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Basketball Spotlight:
Devils Cruise to Sixth Straight Victory

Monday, January 22, 2007

By Bob Heller
USIP Sports Information Director

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.

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