Women's Basketball Falls Short Of CHC Despite Balanced Scoring

Women's basketball player catches pass during drive to basket.
Tania Scott totaled 12 points, three assists and four steals during a Jan. 11, 2020, home loss to Chestnut Hill. (Steven R. Smith)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Despite placing five scorers in double figures, the Felician University women's basketball team was defeated by visiting Chestnut Hill College, 83-75, in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference action on Saturday afternoon at Job Gymnasium.  

Senior guard Taliyah Brisco (Cambria Heights, N.Y./Francis Lewis) led Felician (2-11, 1-5 CACC) with 14 points. Chestnut Hill sophomore center Leah Miller (Punxsutawney, Pa./Punxsutawney Area) accumulated 21 points and 11 rebounds.

The game featured 12 ties and 19 lead changes. Felician was in front, 36-31, at halftime and 58-57 after three periods. With five minutes, 15 seconds, to play in regulation time, a Brisco steal and layup restored the Golden Falcons' one-point edge, 69-68.

CHC freshman Lindsey Lane (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) scored on her team's next two possessions, however, and the visitors never trailed again. Felician owned the ball three times trailing 72-69 but could not draw closer or tie. The Griffins' Rachel Millan (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) made two foul shots for a 76-72 lead at 1:40, and after the Golden Falcons missed a pair at the free-throw line, Millan's lay-up at 1:16 allowed the visitors to seal the game.

During the decisive fourth quarter, Chestnut Hill shot 57 percent from the floor while holding Felician to 32 percent, and outrebounded its host, 13-7.

Felician freshman Briana Lee (Jersey City, N.J./Irvington) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the year. Junior Tania Scott (Newark, N.J./Hudson Catholic) (three assists, four steals) also netted 12 points. The Golden Falcons received 11 points each from freshmen Kiera Dunhill (Perth, Australia/Presbyterian Ladies' College) and Tiara Mahorn (Irvington, N.J./Irvington).

Sophomore Lauren Crim (Warrington, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) turned in 18 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Griffins (4-11, 3-3).

The teams were whistled for a total of 53 personal fouls and combined to attempt 70 free throws.

Felician had not featured five double-figure scorers during a game in nearly six years. During an 85-48 home victory over Concordia (N.Y.) College on Feb. 25, 2014, the Golden Falcons' top five scorers were: Katrina Plummer 25; Jac'Quel Saunders 14; Gisell Peguero 13; Que Lyles 12; and Ashley Morris 12.

The Golden Falcons are home again on Wednesday, when they welcome the CACC North Division's first-place team, Post University, to Job Gym for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.