Devils Notch Third Straight Conference Win
Brianne Traub and Becca Ruggear combined for 40 points and 16 rebounds as the University of the Sciences women's basketball team won for the third time on four games, defeating Nyack College 72-56 Saturday afternoon at the Bobby Morgan Arena.
The Devils improve to 4-5 overall and 3-1 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference games. Nyack falls to 0-8 overall and 0-3 in league play. It was also the Devils third straight conference win after dropping the conference opener to Philadelphia University. Since the opening loss, the Devils have defeated Goldey-Beacom College, Wilmington University and now Nyack College.
Traub (Eastern Christian HS/Wayne, N.J.) led all players with 22 points (9-18 FG, 4-7 FT) while grabbing seven rebounds. Ruggear (Oxford Area HS/Collingdale, Pa.) added 18 points (5-8 FG, 8-13 FT) while grabbing nine boards. Both players also had two blocks and two assists apiece. Kaitlyn Schmid (Howell Area HS/Howell, N.J.) had a career high eight-points (2-3 FG, 2-2 3FG, 2-2 FT) and Jessica Sylvester (Nazareth Academy/Trevose, Pa.) added nine points. Elsebeth Birman (St. John College HS/Silver Spring, Md.) had seven assists and four steals as well as eight points. Carolyn Edwards (St. Basil Academy/Huntington Valley, Pa.) also had four steals while grabbing seven rebounds.
Aika Emmanuel was the only Warrior player in double figures with 12 points. Rachel Burnett added eight points and nine rebounds and Ashley Tallman had eight points. Emmanuel also dished out a team-high four assists.
The first half saw the Devils come out on fire, jumping out to an 11-2 lead in the first three-plus minutes of game without missing a shot from the field. Then the 'ice age' set in as Sciences suddenly went cold, connecting on just one of their next 13 shots, allowing the Warriors back into the game and eventually take the lead with a 19-4 uprising and a 21-15 advantage with 9:48 left in the period. Schmid's three-point field goal broke the drought and cut the deficit in half. Two free throws from Ruggear narrowed the gap to one and three possessions later, a Traub layup put the Devils back on top 24-23 with 7:46 left in the period. Traub added another layup on Sciences next possession to lead by three 26-23 before both teams went cold and failed to score a field goal nearly six minutes until Sylvester nailed a three-pointer with 1:03 left to put the Devils up by five 29-24. Emmanuel scored four points in the final 25 second to pull the Warriors within one at the break 29-28.
Three ties and four lead changes highlighted the first 3:03 of the final stanza with neither team leading by more than two. With the score tied at 35-35, the Devils went on a 14-4 run to take a ten point lead, 49-39 with 10:50 left. Two straight buckets from Nyack, cut the gap to six, but the devils ran off eight straight points (four apiece by Traub and Ruggear) to lead by 14, 58-44 with 7:33 left. Sciences kept the double-digit lead until three straight free throws from Khamari Tellis made it an eight point game, 62-54 with 4:40 left. Another triple from Schmid and two fast break layups (Traub and Birman) negated the Warriors comeback efforts and boosted the lead to 15. The Warriors managed just two more free throws the rest of the way and zero field goals over the final 5:45 as the Devils pulled away with the 16 point win.
The Devils limited the Warriors to just 27% (17-63) from the field while shooting 38.7% (24-62) for the game. Nyack took three times as many three-points shots as the devils (18-6) but the Devils made the most of theirs, connected on four of the six shots (66.7%) while Nyack made just three (16.7%). Nyack shot slightly better from the free throw line (67.9% to 60.6%). Ball control however was a non-existent term in the game, as both teams combined for 56 turnovers (Nyack 30, USci-26) with the Devils holding a 25-12 advantage in scoring off turnovers.
The Devils return to action on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 for their next-to-last non-conference contest of the season, a visit to Cheyney University. Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m.