Golden Falcon Women Reject Nyack, 70-58

Kayla Hourany helped spark Felician with eight points and six rebounds in a Dec. 10, 2016, home win over Nyack. (Steven R. Smith)
Kayla Hourany helped spark Felician with eight points and six rebounds in a Dec. 10, 2016, home win over Nyack. (Steven R. Smith)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Redshirt sophomore guard Danelle Gibson (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman) recorded career highs of 19 points and five steals to lead the Felician University women's basketball team to a 70-58 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory over visiting Nyack College on Saturday afternoon at Job Gymnasium. Felician (2-8, 2-4 CACC) put the brakes on a three-game losing streak.

The Golden Falcons, who trailed for only 69 seconds of game action, put forth one of their finest defensive efforts of the season. They held Nyack to 29 percent shooting from the floor, blocking a season-high 11 shots in the process, and forced 20 Warrior turnovers, which they converted into 20 points.

Gibson (6-10 FG, 2-3 3FG, 5-5 FT) added six rebounds and two assists in 36 minutes of action. Felician junior Marta Moix (Madrid, Spain/John Carroll School [Md.]) matched a season high with 16 points. The hosts also received 15 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks from junior Marya Trapp (Red Bank, N.J./Red Bank Regional), her fourth "double-double" of 2016-17. Sophomore forward Janae Bailey (Upper Marlboro, Md./Holy Cross) paced Nyack (2-7, 1-4) with 11 points and eight rebounds.

Felician completed the first period with a 16-10 lead, but the Warriors came back to tie the score at 20-20 with four minutes, 12 seconds, left in the opening half. A three-point field goal by Trapp on the Golden Falcons' next possession gave them the lead they would never relinquish. Moix's lay-up put the hosts ahead, 31-25, with 1:51 to play in the half, and Felician carried that same advantage, 33-27, into the locker room.

Nyack tallied the first points of period three on a Bailey putback to pull to within 33-29, but that is the closest the visitors would come on the scoreboard for the rest of the day. Felician got field goals from Gibson and Moix to move ahead by eight, and assumed a 12-point spread on a driving lay-up by Kayla Hourany (Queens, N.Y./St. Francis Prep) with 1:28 left in the third.

The Golden Falcons closed the third quarter with a 51-39 edge. Their largest lead, 63-50, came with 4:42 to go in regulation. The Felician margin hovered between eight and 13 points for the entire fourth period.

Felician survived a 49-37 rebounding disadvantage. Nyack led, 23-7, in offensive rebounds, and outscored the Golden Falcons, 22-6, in second-chance points.

Hourany posted season highs of eight points and six rebounds in 14 minutes off of the Felician bench. Bryanna Brown (Harlem, N.Y./Bishop Loughlin) and Torie Eggers (Washington Township, N.J/Washington Township) netted 10 points apiece for the Warriors.

Felician snapped an 11-game home losing streak dating back to last season.

The Golden Falcons are in the midst of a stretch of seven out of eight games at home. They conclude a four-game homestand with a non-conference affair on Wednesday at 4 p.m. against Southern New Hampshire University.