USP’s mixed rifle team captured the Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference on March 1, while the men’s and women’s basketball squads saw their respective seasons ended in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference playoffs.
The mixed rifle team defeated Virginia Military Institute 2102-1995 to capture the MAC Sharpshooter Division Smallbore Championship at MIT in Cambridge, Mass.
The championship win brings the mixed team's total of MAC Championships to 13. Coupled with the women's team's four MAC titles, the Devils have now won a total of 17 MAC Championships under Head Coach Paul Klimitas' 32 years at the helm of the USP rifle program.
Michelle Bauer PharmD’10 led the Devils with a score of 569 (97, 98, prone; 93, 92 stand; 93, 96 kneel). Bauer's 569 was also the fifth highest smallbore score amongst all 42 smallbore competitors shooting at the championships. She will continue and conclude her career at the upcoming NCAA National Championship on March 14 and 15 at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.
In basketball action, top seeded Philadelphia University scored the first 16 points of the second half as they cruised to a 65-44 win over men's team on the Rams’ campus Saturday afternoon. The loss by the Devils, the No. 4 seed, ends their season with a 13-15 record.
Keith Dundas PhSci’08 led the Devils with 15 points and was the only USP player to reach double figures. Dundas closed out the season as USP's leading scorer with 372 points (13.3/gm.) and also led the Devils in assists (75, 2.7/gm.).
Holy Family University turned a close game into a 19-point lead midway through the second period as they defeated USP’s women's basketball team 60-48 on Saturday at Holy Family. The loss ends the Devils season with a 13-15 record. Allison Weiss DPT’11 led the Devils with 10 points while Erin Chesnavich BI’10 and junior Kaitlin DuRoss DPT’11 added six points apiece.
Chesnavich concluded the season as the Devils leading scorer with 397 points (14.2/gm). Weiss finished as the Devils leading rebounder with 250 (8.93/gm.) with Chesnavich a close second at 248 (8.86/gm.).