ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – Felician University was defeated by Saint Michael's College, 80-39, in non-conference women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon on the Hennessy Center's Coach Baxter Court. The teams were playing on their first of consecutive days of the four-team Regina Rivera Memorial Tournament, hosted by Dominican (N.Y.) College.
Freshman swing player Briana Lee (Jersey City, N.J.) led Felician (1-1) with 15 points and five rebounds.
The Purple Knights (3-1) took control early. Ahead 9-4, Saint Michael's received 10 points from junior Nicole Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine) during a 17-0 run over the final six minutes, 20 seconds, of the opening period. SMC closed the second quarter with a similar spurt, holding Felician without a field goal for the final 7:49. At halftime, the Purple Knights led, 42-11, having held the Golden Falcons to 10 percent shooting from the floor (3 for 29).
SMC's defensive efficiency continued after the break. Felician could convert just two field goals while committing eight turnovers. Two Kyara Triblet (Niskayuna, N.Y.) free throws with 0:58 left in the third period gave the Purple Knights their largest lead of the day, 63-17. The Golden Falcons outscored Saint Michael's, 20-17, in the fourth quarter – with Lee picking up 11 points – for the final margin.
The Golden Falcons were unable to convert from three-point range (0 for 12) and overall shot 18 percent from the floor. Freshman Rosie Arias (Linden, N.J.) picked up six points with four rebounds and classmate Kiera Dunhill (Perth, Australia) had four points and five rebounds.
Anderson topped five Purple Knight double-figure scorers with 15 points. Senior forward Taylor Miller (Falmouth, Mass.) (6-7 FG) scored 12 points with eight rebounds and four blocks, and classmate Brianna Purcell (Bedford, N.H.) accumulated 10 points, seven rebounds and nine assists.
Felician concludes its stay in the event with a 2 p.m. match-up with the College of Saint Rose on Sunday in Orangeburg.