Saturday, February 3, 2007
By Bob Heller
Coming off of Thursday night's loss to Goldey Beacom College, the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia women's basketball team rebounded with a road victory of Post University, 68-54 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference game at the Drubner Center in Waterbury, Connecticut.
With the win, the Devils improve to 14-7 overall and 11-5 in league games. Post falls to 5-16 overall and 5-11 in league games.
The Devils placed three players in double figures, led by Shelby Rance's (Sr., Central Columbia HS/Bloomsburg, Pa.) 14 points (6-6 FT). Autumn Tully (So., Union-Endicott HS/Endicott, N.Y.) came off the bench to score 11 points on 4-of-6 (1-3 3FG) shooting from the field while Erin Chesnavich (Fr., Bishop O'Reilly HS/Pittston, Pa.) (5-9 FG) had 10 points and nine rebounds. Lori Sedina (Sr., Lower Cape May HS (NJ)/Springfield, Pa.) and Rashanna Edwards (Sr., West Windsor-Plainsboro HS/Cherry Hill, N.J.) paced the Devils with four assists apiece. Edwards also recorded four steals while Sedina had three blocks and six rebounds. Allison Weiss (So., Springfield HS/Springfield, Pa.) also added nine points and six rebounds.
Tadj Williams led Post with 15 points and 12 rebounds, getting nine points from the foul line (9-11) while shooting 3-10 from the field. Telisha Moultrie added 11 points and six rebounds.
The Devils held the Eagles to just 21.4% shooting in the first half while jumping out to a 36-18 lead at the break. USP scored the first eight points and led by five, 18-13 with 6:52 left in the period when they went on an 18-5 run to close out the half. Rance started the run with two free throws and Davitra Goode (Sr., Central Islip HS/Central Islip, N.Y.) followed with a reverse layup with 5:44 left. Tully then sank a three-point field goal to boost the Devils lead to 12, 25-13 with 5:12 left. After an Eagles basket by Jackie Sutton, Tully and Hayley Lentz (Jr., Wilson Area HS/Easton, Pa.) added baskets to make the score 29-15. Post added a three-point field goal by LaToya Coley to make the score 29-18 before the Devils closed out the half with seven straight points.
USP opened the second half with an 11-2 run to take their biggest lead of the game 27, points, 47-20 at the 15:06 mark, getting four points each from Rance and Chesnavich along with a basket by Sedina and a free throw from Edwards. Post followed with a 15-2 outburst to pull within 14, 49-35 with 9:37 left before the Devils went on an 8-0 run to go back up by 22, 57-35 with 8:11 left, with Weiss scoring six of the eight points. Two minutes later the Devils were back up by 26, 63-27 with 6:17 left before the Eagles closed out the game with a 17-5 run to make the final score 68-54.
For the game, the Devils made 23 of 57 shots from the field (40.4%) and 18 of 25 from the free throw line (72%). Post shot 30.2% from the field (16-53) and was 19-for-28 from the free throw line (67.9%). The Devils outrebounded the Eagles 43-36 and committed 16 turnovers (12 in second half) to Post's 18, producing a good assist turnover ratio (14/16) in the process. Post had seven assists for the game. 27 fouls were called in the second half.
The Devils will play again on Monday, February 5, 2007 when the travel to Northeast Philadelphia to take on league leading Holy Family University. Tip off is set for 6 p.m.