Saturday, January 27, 2007
By Bob Heller
Allison Weiss and Erin Chesnavich each recorded a double-double as the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia women's basketball team powered their way to a 68-43 victory over Caldwell College this evening at the Newman Center in Caldwell, New Jersey.
The win, the Devils eighth straight overall and ninth straight in league play improves their record to 13-6 overall and 10-4 in Central Atlantic collegiate Conference games. Caldwell falls to 8-11 overall and 6-8 in league games. This evening's win marked the fourth consecutive game and the fifth in six games that the Devils have held an opponent under 50 points.
Weiss (So., Springfield HS/Springfield, Pa.) scored 13 points on 4-for-7 shooting from the field and a 5-of-6 effort from the free throw line while pulling down a game high 12 rebounds. Chesnavich (Fr., Bishop O'Reilly HS/Pittston, Pa.) had 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Shelby Rance (Sr., Central Columbia HS/Bloomsburg, Pa.) led the Devils with 20 points while pulling down seven rebounds. Rashanna Edwards (Sr., West Windsor-Plainsboro HS/Cherry Hill, N.J.) dished out a game high seven assists while adding seven points. Lori Sedina (Sr., Lower Cape May HS (NJ)/Springfield, Pa.)also had seven points to go along with her six rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots.
Mackenzie Lynch led the Cougars with 10 points and six rebounds. Shannon Coyle added nine points while Amy Ransom came off the bench to score seven.
The Devils took advantage of some strong first half shooting and turned a close game into a double-digit advantage with a 19-6 run midway through the period. Leading 14-9, the Devils started the run with layups from Edwards and Rance. Rance added another jumper and then stole the ball off Coyle which led to a short jumper by Sedina and a 22-9 advantage. Amy Gaudious broke the run with a layup but the Devils later added another Rance basket and traditional three point plays from Weiss and Kaitlin DuRoss (Fr., Ocean City HS/Sea Isle City, N.J.) to go up by 16, 31-15 with 6:34. Rance completed the run with a put-back of her own miss to make the score 33-15 with 5:38 left. Both teams exchanged baskets over the next 4 minutes until USP's Hayley Lentz (Jr., Wilson Area HS/Easton, Pa.) closed out the first half scoring with a layup as the Devils took a 41-21 lead into the locker room at the break.
Ransom started the second half off for the Cougars with a three-point field goal to cut the Devils lead to 17, 41-24 to open the half, but USP scored the next six points to take a 23-point lead 47-23 at the 17:22 mark. USP's shooting then went cold as they missed 10 straight field goal attempts over the next seven minutes, yet still maintained their big lead by making seven of nine free throws and forcing the Cougars to turn the ball over and commit eight fouls during the same period. Rance finally broke the field goal drought with a jumper at the 10:11 mark to make the score 56-33. Caldwell followed with a 7-2 run to cut the lead to 18, 58-40 with 6:35 left, before the Devils scored the next six points to go up by 24, 64-40 at the 4:47 mark. The Devils held the Cougars to just one field goal and one free throw over the final 4:47 while getting layups from Weiss and Mary Beth Christian (Jr., Villa Joseph Marie/Warrington, Pa.) to close out the scoring with a 68-43 win.
For the game, the Devils shot 45% (27-60) offsetting their 57.6% (19-33) first half effort with a 29.6% (8-27) second half attack. Caldwell shot 30.4% (17-56) for the game (9-28, 32.1% first half and 8-28, 28.6% second half). USP also held a big advantage on the boards, outrebounding the Cougars 49-30 while posting a better assist/turnover ratio (15/19 to 8/20).
The Devils next game will be at Goldey Beacom College on February 1, 2007. Tip off is set for 6 p.m.