Women's Basketball Limits Mistakes But Is Still Hit By Lightning

Women's basketball player with eyes up for rebound.
Damia Jordan grabbed 14 rebounds during a Jan. 25, 2020, home loss to Goldey-Beacom. (Steven R. Smith)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician University women's basketball team committed a season-low 12 turnovers but was still defeated, 75-59, by visiting Goldey-Beacom College on Saturday afternoon at Job Gymnasium.

Felician freshman forward Tiara Mahorn (Irvington, N.J./Irvington) recorded 11 points and eight rebounds. The Golden Falcons (2-15, 1-9 CACC) received 10 points each from senior guard Taliyah Brisco (Cambria Heights, N.Y./Francis Lewis) (four assists) and freshman swing player Briana Lee (Jersey City, N.J./Irvington) (five rebounds).

Goldey-Beacom senior guard Amanda McGrogan (Mount Laurel, N.J./Lenape) produced game highs of 24 points and nine assists. The Lightning (4-14, 4-6) turned in 20 assists on their 27 field goals. Sophomore post player Alexis Harrison (Millville, N.J./Millville) amassed 16 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots in just 18 minutes for the visitors.

Both teams took care of the basketball well. GBC coughed up 10 turnovers, the lowest total this season caused by the Felician defense. The Lighting were the more accurate team, outshooting their hosts 40-33 percent from the floor, including 52-21 percent after halftime. GBC also outscored Felician, 11-4, at the free-throw line.

Goldey-Beacom, which never trailed, scored the game's first seven points. It led by nine, 27-18, at the end of one period on the strength of a late three-point field goal by Lexi Weikert (Harrisburg, Pa./Susquehanna Township). With Felician still down by that margin, freshman Haylee Ramirez (North Bergen, N.J./Hudson Catholic) made a three-pointer with three minutes, 17 seconds, left until halftime. The resulting 35-29 score held until the 0:34 mark, when another Ramirez three sent the hosts into the locker room down by only three.

Felician failed to capitalize on another cold streak in the third, as GBC led, 41-34, for nearly three minutes of wall time. A transition layup by Kiera Dunhill (Perth, Australia/Presbyterian Ladies' College) broke the spell, but that is as close as the Golden Falcons would creep for the rest of the day. An 8-1 run gave the Lightning a 54-41 bulge before a buzzer-beating Lee three left Felician trailing by 10 with that many minutes to play.

McGrogan buried a trey on the Lightning's first possession of the fourth period, and a successful jump shot by Jhordan Gardner (Burlington, N.J./Life Center) quickly made it 59-44. Felician never drew nearer than a 12-point deficit during the final eight minutes, with GBC moving ahead by as many as 23 down the stretch.  

Playing on her 19th birthday, Dunhill finished with nine points and four assists. Ramirez netted eight points, and Felician redshirt freshman Damia Jordan (Brooklyn, N.Y./St. Joseph) grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds. Felician started five true freshmen in the contest.

Felician is back home on Wednesday to entertain Dominican (N.Y.) College in a 5:30 p.m. CACC tilt.