Nyack Spoils Home Opener For Women's Basketball

Felician dropped its home opener on Nov. 19, 2014, despite 16 points and 13 rebounds from Ashley Morris. (Steven R. Smith)
Felician dropped its home opener on Nov. 19, 2014, despite 16 points and 13 rebounds from Ashley Morris. (Steven R. Smith)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Nyack College erased an early 14-point deficit to earn a 62-58 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball victory over host Felician College on Wednesday evening at Job Gymnasium. The match-up was Felician's 2014-15 home opener and the CACC lid-lifter for both schools.

Nyack (1-2, 1-0 CACC) received 13 points, 15 rebounds, and three steals from junior forward Jamie McKeither (Laurel, Md./Mead). Felician senior forward Ashley Morris (West Orange, N.J./West Orange) turned in 16 points, 13 rebounds, three blocked shots and four steals.

Trailing, 5-4, in the early-going, the Golden Falcons (0-3, 0-1) held Nyack scoreless for a stretch of five minutes, long enough to open up their largest advantage of the night, 19-5. Freshman guard Shyla Osmond (New Haven, Conn./HS in the Community) scored 10 points during the spurt. With Felician still ahead by 10, the Warriors used a three-point field goal by Jessica Logemann (Seminole, Fla./Indian Rocks Christian) and a Raven Makins (Laurel, Md./Central Connecticut State University) buzzer-beater to pull to within 32-27 at halftime.

Morris connected on a second-chance jumper with 11:56 remaining in the contest to give her team a 47-41 edge, only to see the Warriors embark on a a 9-0 run over the next six minutes of game action. A three-pointer by Felician freshman Danelle Gibson (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman) knotted things at 50-50 with 5:54 to play, but that would prove to be her team's final field goal of the game.

Nyack went ahead for good on a Kelli Smoot (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill Academy) lay-in at the 4:54 mark, and extended to a five-point edge with a three-ball from Logemann at 3:35. Felician converted at the foul line to get back to within 59-58 and 1:56 left, but after drawing a charging foul, the hosts missed on a go-ahead shot. Makins scored at the 1:00 mark for a three-point Warrior bulge, and the Golden Falcons went 0 for 4 from the field and 0 for 2 at the foul line in the final 60 seconds.

Felician was hampered by committing 25 turnovers and shooting 13 percent (2 for 15) from three-point range. The Warriors survived a 35-percent night (9 for 26) on free throws.

Junior center Shabreka Edwards (Ashburn, Md./Turner County) (6-11 FG) topped Nyack with 14 points, and Makins totaled eight points, 11 rebounds and three steals. Osmond scored 12 points for Felician, and Gibson ended up with 11.