RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University senior guard Taliyah Brisco (Cambria Heights, N.Y./Francis Lewis) matched a career high with 19 points and junior guard Tania Scott (Newark, N.J./Hudson Catholic) forced overtime with a late layup, but the Golden Falcons succumbed to visiting Nyack College, 82-77, in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Job Gymnasium.
Senior swing player Kyla Given (Newburgh, N.Y./Sullivan CC) scored a game-high 21 points with six rebounds for Nyack (3-4, 1-1 CACC), which overcame a 41-25 halftime deficit. Senior guard Yamalis Villegas (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) made 11 of 12 free-throw attempts and finished with 17 points in 22 minutes off the Warrior bench.
Nyack scored the final eight points of the third period to cut its deficit to 51-49. Early in the fourth, a three-point play by Sarah Wilson (New Hope, Pa./New Hope Solebury) handed the Warriors their first lead since 7-4.
The Nyack edge grew as high as six points. With the visitors still up, 65-60, Felician used a layup by Briana Lee (Jersey City, N.J./Irvington) and a Brisco three-point field goal to even the score with one minute, 47 seconds, remaining in regulation time. A driving layup from Wilson at the 0:53 mark was matched by Scott at 0:40, and after each team missed on a potential go-ahead chance, the sides headed to overtime knotted, 67-67.
Felician went out in front early in the overtime period but a three-pointer by Khadijah Hickson (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) evened the score, 71-71, with 3:48 showing on the game clock. The Golden Falcons led for the last time, 75-73, on a Lee bucket at 1:57, but Nyack finished the game with a 9-2 run. The Warriors were 4 of 6 at the foul line in the final 28 seconds to secure the victory.
The game lasted two hours, 19 minutes. The teams combined to commit 52 personal fouls and attempt 62 free throws. Four Felician players were disqualified during overtime. Nyack outscored the Golden Falcons, 28-15, at the foul line.
Lee totaled 12 points and five rebounds and fellow freshman Tiara Mahorn (Irvington, N.J./Irvington) added 11 points and six rebounds for Felician. Scott finished with 10 points and six assists. Wilson scored five points in overtime for Nyack and finished with 16.
Felician (1-6, 0-2) is idle for final exams until Dec. 18. That night, the Golden Falcons host Concordia (N.Y.) College in CACC action at 5:30 p.m.