Women's Basketball Held Off By Clippers In 70-65 Setback

Women's basketball player driving to basket off dribble.
Haylee Ramirez scored a season-high 14 points during a Dec. 18, 2019, home loss to Concordia (N.Y.). (Steven R. Smith)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Despite outscoring its opponent in each of the final three periods, the Felician University women's basketball team was defeated by visiting Concordia (N.Y.) College, 70-65, in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference action on Wednesday evening at Job Gymnasium.

Felician freshman guard/forward Briana Lee (Jersey City, N.J./Irvington) recorded 21 points, 11 rebounds and four steals in defeat. Lee picked up her third double-double of the season.

The Golden Falcons (1-7, 0-3 CACC), who never led, fell behind, 24-7 after one quarter. Mid-way through period two, Concordia had stretched its advantage to 34-10. But Lee tallied eight points in a quick 14-0 Felician run. At halftime, the hosts trailed, 42-31.

Both sides struggled offensively out of the intermission. Tania Scott's (Newark, N.J./Hudson Catholic) jump shot with 0:23 to play in the third period allowed Felician to exit the quarter down only 52-45.

With 3:59 left in regulation time, Lee split a pair of free throws which closed the Golden Falcons' gap to 62-60. Clipper sophomore Brenna Cloud (Delran, N.J./Delran) answered with two from the stripe at the other end, and the 64-60 score held until 1:50 remained and Scott converted one of two at the line.

Felician trailed by the same margin, 68-65, when it forced a shot-clock violation at the 0:18 mark. Two tying attempts from distance were off the mark, however, and Concordia junior Shanice Graves (Brooklyn, N.Y./Monroe College) sealed her team's victory with a pair of foul shots at 0:03.

The Golden Falcons were whistled for 26 personal fouls and were outscored, 27-11, at the charity stripe. Felician also committed 21 turnovers, which the Clippers converted into 29 points. The hosts failed to leverage a 46-39 rebounding advantage, topped by freshman Rosie Arias' (Linden, N.J./Linden) season-high 12 boards.

Sophomore guard Sara Hopkins (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) went 9 for 9 at the foul line and led Concordia (2-9, 1-1) with 18 points and four assists. Graves finished with 15 points and freshman Jaylene Brown (Bronx, N.Y./Saint Francis College) netted 13 points with five rebounds in 17 bench minutes.

Felician placed four scorers in double figures. Freshman Haylee Ramirez (North Bergen, N.J./Hudson Catholic) notched a season-high 14 points. Scott totaled 12 points, and senior Taliyah Brisco (Cambria Heights, N.Y./Francis Lewis) had 10 points and three assists.

Felician plays a pair of non-conference games in Boca Raton, Fla., before the NCAA Division II dead period. On Friday, the Golden Falcons meet Elizabeth City State University at 5 p.m. on the campus of Lynn University.