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By Mel Greenberg
University of Sciences thought Philadelphia University would be very revenge-minded several weeks ago when the Devils won the first game of the season series in the Division II Central Collegiate Athletic Conference game at the Bobby Morgan Arena in Southwest Philadelphia.
Still, the Devils managed to make it a sweep Tuesday night by a narrow 69-64 win at the Gallagher Center in Roxborough to extend their school-record streak to 12 straight courtesy of some sharpshooting from Caitlin Shaw.
USP (18-4, 4-2) maintained its hold on second place right behind 18th-ranked Holy Family as Shaw hit her first 10 shots and finished 11-of-12 with a pair of foul shots for 25 points. She also had 10 rebounds for her 10th double double.
Marissa Chesnavich scored 14 points as did Alyssa Hamm, while Colleen Christian scored 12 points.
The host Rams (12-11, 8-8) got 19 points from Taylor Magnus, while Christine Wooding scored 16 points, and Stephanie Agger scored 10.
The score might have not been as close if Philly U. didn’t force 24 turnovers, which yielded 24 points from the miscues.
In another CACC game, Chestnut Hill beat Wilmington, Del., 65-59.
Kutztown’s Valley Girl
Senior forward Melissa McQuade may be from Pittsburgh at the other end of the state, but on Tuesday the Kutztown star who plays for the PSAC-East squad was named the Lehigh Valley Player of the Year.
McQuade has become one of the Golden Bears’ all-time players, scoring to date 1,538 points while grabbing 923 rebounds.
She told the awards luncheon, “I didn’t know anything about Kutztown when I decided to come here. Coach (former Rutgers star Janet Malouf) told me I would have an opportunity to help the team,
“I would have never expected to become the all-time scorer and leading rebounder.”
Kutztown visits Cheyney in an D-II PSAC-East game Wednesday night.
Malouf praised McQuade, saying “Melissa is one of those players who make coming to work fun every day.”
Big Star On Rowan’s Campus
Rowan’s Gina Catanzarita was named Rowan’s Female Athletic of the Week after setting a career mark with 21 points against Rutgers’Camden, and then matching the total against Richard Stockton.
That’s it for now.