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Mel Greenberg covered college and professional women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked for 40 plus years. Greenberg pioneered national coverage of the game, including the original Top 25 women's college poll. His knowledge has earned him nicknames such as "The Guru" and "The Godfather," as well as induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

USciences Ousted in D-II NCAA Regional Semifinals

By Bob Heller

 Garden City, N.Y. - The University of the Sciences women’s basketball team saw their season come to an end as they fell to Queen college in the NCAA Division II East Regional Semi-Finals Saturday at Adelphi University.

The sixth-seeded Devils finish their season with a school record 27 wins against only six losses.  Second-seeded Queens improves to 26-4 and will advance to play the winner of the Adelphi University/Molloy College game.

USciences placed four players in double figures led by Sarah Abbonizio’s 16 points.  Alex Thomas added 14 points and Jordan Vitelli chipped in 13.  Laura Trisch finished the game with ten and a team-high seven rebounds.

Beth Bonin led queens with 25 points while Madison Rowland chipped in 22.  McKenzie Rowand notched a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Queens jumped out to a 10-0 lead forcing an early timeout before Alex Thomas put the Devils on the board with a layup.

 USciences slowly began chipping away at the lead and closed to 16-11 by the end of the first quarter thanks to a 6-7 effort on the foul line.  Queens’ defense limited the Devils to just two field goals in the period as the Knights were limiting the open three-point opportunities and taking away the passing lanes.

USciences shooting struggles continued in the second quarter as Queens expanded their lead to ten at the break 29-19.  The Devils finished the half shooting 5-23 from the field and had just two field goals inside the paint, as Queens outscored them 16-4. Unlike yesterday’s game vs. Bentley, the Devils saw very few second chance opportunities in the first two quarters, getting just one offensive rebound.

The Devils opened the third quarter with a 9-4 flourish to close within five but the Knights countered with 12 straight points, seven of those in transition to take their biggest lead at 45-28 midway through the quarter.

 A 7-0 run from the Devils closed the gap back down to 10 at 45-35 but QC’s Madison Rowland quickly put the Knights back up by 15 with five straight points and closed out the quarter leading 57-39.

A 15-6 flourish by the Devils cut the queens lead back down to single digits 63-54, with 3:20 left in the game.

Sarah Abbonizio’s three-point field goal cut the lead to eight at 65-57 with 2:55 and Laura Trisch’s  3-ball pulled USciences within seven 70-63 with 59 seconds left. The Devils did close within six in the final minute but the Knights iced the game on the free throw line with six straight free throws in the 45 seconds to close out the 77-67 win.

The Devils finished the game shooting 36.8% from the field (21-57) while Queens shot 46.4% (26-56).  The Knights dominated the galss 39-31 and outsocrted the Devils in the paint 38-22.  Queens also had 17 points off 14 Devils turnovers.  (USci had nine)


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