Devils Dominate Wildcats

Brianne Traub led three players in double figures as the University of the Sciences women's basketball team got back on the winning track with a 67-29 thumping of Wilmington University Tuesday night at the Pratt Center in New Castle, Delaware.

The Devils improve to 8-7 overall and 4-3 in Central Atlantic Collegaite Conference games.  Wilmington  falls to 1-11 overall and 0-7 in league play.

Traub led all scorers with 17 points.   The freshman guard also pulled down seven rebounds and had a career high seven steals.   Sarah Hickman recorded her first double-double of the season with ten points and ten rebounds while Becca Ruggear added 11 points, seven rebounds and  team-highs in assists (four) and blocks (three).  Jessica Sylvester equaled Ruggear's team high mark for assist with four of her own.  Isabella Ross added two blocks and grabbed six rebounds.  

Tianna Wagner led the Wildcats with eight points.   Kimberly Walton had five rebounds.

Sciences jumped out to an 11-0 lead early and never looked back, building the lead to 18-6 midway through the period before going on a 13-0 rampage, highlighted by a traditional three point play by Elsebeth Birman (9 points, three assists) boosting their lead to 31-6.  Wilmington made s small 8-4 run to make the score 35-14 in the final seconds before Kaitlyn Schmid nailed a three-point field goal with three seconds left, giving the Devils a 24-point lead, 38-14 at the break.

In the second half, the Devils scored the first six points to boost their lead to 30, 44-14 before the Wildcats ran off four straight points.  A layup from Carolyn Edwards at the 16:38 mark triggered a 21-5 run to give Sciences a 42-point lead 65-23, their biggest of the game 5:10 left.   The Wildcats scored the next six points before Kathleen Connelly took a slick pass from Sylvester and layed it up and in with 25 seconds left, making the final margin 38, 67-29.

The Devils dominated in every statistical category tonight, outshooting the Wildcats, 44.3%-23.5% from the field and 11-13 from the free throw line to WU's 2-4.  Sciences more than doubled up the Wildcats on the glass 49-24  and had better ball control with 19 assists (23 turnovers)  to seven assists (26 turnovers) for the Wildcats.

The women's basketball team returns to action on Saturday, January 21, 2012 when they host Caldwell College in a CACC inter-divisional contest.  Tipoff is set for 1:00 p.m.