Thursday, February 1, 2007
By Bob Heller
Goldey Beacom College used a combination of solid shooting and good defense in the second half of last night's game against the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia at America Hall in Wilmington Delaware, as they upended the Devils 63-55, putting an end to USP's eight-game winning streak and tightened up the standings in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.
The Devils drop to 13-7 overall and 10-5 in CACC games while Goldey Beacom improves to 13-7 overall and 10-5 in league games. This game, coupled with losses by Bloomfield College and Philadelphia University has produced a five-way tie for second place in the league standings with all four of the aforementioned schools and Dominican College having identical 10-5 records. The Devils still have games remaining with three of the four schools.
Erin Chesnavich (Fr., Bishop O'Reilly HS/Pittston, Pa.) recorded her second consecutive double-double with a 20-point 10-rebuond effort to lead the Devils. Shelby Rance (Sr., Central Columbia HS/Bloomsburg, Pa.) had 11 points (9 in first half) while Hayley Lentz (Jr., Wilson Area HS/Easton, Pa.) came off the bench to record a career-high 11 points to join Chesnavich and Rance in double figures. Lori Sedina (Sr., Lower Cape May HS (NJ)/Springfield, Pa.) paced the Devils with five assists.
Cherrise Graham and Toni Jones paced the Lighting with 15 points apiece. Casi Donelan added 14. Kim Rowley had seven rebounds for the victors while Courtney Harris led the Lightning with four assists.
Goldey Beacom turned in a 52.2% shooting effort in the second half (12-23) while holding the Devils to 11 for 35 shooting from the field (31.4%) and forcing 12 turnovers, leading to 13 Lightning points. USP trailed by one at the break, 28-27 and opened the second half with a 6-2 run to take a three point lead, 33-30 with 17:16 left. The Lightning rallied back to tie the score at 37-37 at the 13:55 mark. The next 4:17 saw two ties and six lead changes as neither team led by more than two points. Rance's basket at the 9:39 mark was the seventh lead change of the period and gave the Devils a one-point advantage 46-45. Rashanna Edwards (Sr., West Windsor-Plainsboro HS/Cherry Hill, N.J.) added two free throws to give the Devils their largest lead, 48-45 with 9:08 left.
The Lighting retook the lead, 49-48 on baskets by Donelan and Graham only to give it right back and Chesnavich scored on a layup with 6:08 left to make the score 50-49 in favor of USP. Two straight turnovers by the Devils led to baskets by the Lightning and the start of a 9-0 run which gave Goldey Beacom a 58-50 lead with 2:02 left. The Lightning made five of six free throws in the final minute to seal the win, 63-55.
For the game, the Devils made 23 of 62 (1-8 3 FG) shots from the field (37.1%) and were 8-for-10 from the free throw line (80%). The Lightning made 24 of 48 (3-10 3FG) shots from the field (41.4%) and 12 of 20 from the free throw line (60%), offsetting the Devils' 47-33 advantage on the boards. The Devils also committed 22 total turnovers, leading to 24 Lightning points. The Lightning committed 12 miscues, leading to just four USP points.
The Devils are on the road again for their next game, CACC contest at Post University on Saturday, February 3, 2007. Tip off is set for 1 p.m.