Late Defense Pushes Golden Falcons Past Nyack, 58-52

Trina Plummer scored a team-high 15 points in a Nov. 13, 2013, win at Nyack.
Trina Plummer scored a team-high 15 points in a Nov. 13, 2013, win at Nyack.

NYACK, N.Y. – Felician College allowed just three points in the final seven-plus minutes of its 58-52 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball victory over host Nyack College on Wednesday evening at Bowman Gymnasium. The contest marked the 2013-14 CACC opener for both schools.

Felician (1-2, 1-0 CACC) held the Warriors to 31-percent shooting from the floor and forced 27 Nyack turnovers. But the Golden Falcons saved their best defensive effort for the closing minutes.

Nyack (0-3, 0-1) went ahead, 49-48, on a lay-in by junior Audrey Matteson (Monticello, Ind.) with seven minutes, 24 seconds remaining in regulation. But an Ashley Morris (East Orange, N.J.) lay-up on the ensuing possession handed Felician the lead it would never relinquish.

The Warriors did not score another field goal until 10 seconds were left to play. Morris netted six points in the Golden Falcons' game-ending 10-3 run, and finished with eight points, seven rebounds and two blocks.

Senior forward Trina Plummer (West Babylon, N.Y.) topped Felician with 15 points, moving her career total to 975. Classmate Jac'Quel Saunders (Trenton, N.J.) came off the bench to toss in 13 points with three steals, and senior center Que Lyles (Bronx, N.Y.) amassed eight points and 10 rebounds.

Matteson shot 9 for 13 from the field and ended the night with game highs of 28 points and 14 rebounds. All of the Warriors other than Matteson combined for a shooting percentage of .200.

The Golden Falcons led by as many as 11 points in the first period before setting for a 29-26 halftime edge. Felician went back ahead, 39-30, at the 16:11 mark before Nyack took a brief two-point advantage on two occasions in the middle stages of the second half.

Felician survived 24 of its own turnovers, and overcame a 42 percent rate from the foul line (11-26).

The Golden Falcons play their home opener on Friday at 6 p.m. in Rutherford against Southern Connecticut State University.