Dominican Women's Basketball Pulls Away From Felician, 81-56

Women's basketball player readies for jump shot; coach in background.
Haylee Ramirez scored a season-high 18 points during a Jan. 29, 2020, home loss to Dominican. (Steven R. Smith)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University came up on the short end of an 81-56 decision to visiting Dominican (N.Y.) College in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball action on Wednesday evening at Job Gymnasium.

Freshman guard Haylee Ramirez (North Bergen, N.J./Hudson Catholic) led Felician with a season-high 18 points. Ramirez canned 5 of her 8 three-point goal attempts, the first time in her college career she collected five treys. Classmate Briana Lee (Jersey City, N.J./Irvington) totaled 17 points, 14 rebounds and a season-best five steals.

In all, 40 of Felician's 56 points (71 percent) were tallied by first-year players. Lee's double-double was her fifth of the 2019-20 campaign.

The Golden Falcons led, 17-11, following Lee's layup and free throw with one minute, 18 seconds, remaining in the first period. However, Dominican senior Ashley Merritt (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./FDR) nailed a pair of three-pointers in the final 26 seconds to even the score, 17-17, at the end of the quarter.

Felician countered with the first five points of period two. Trailing, 26-20, after yielding a Briana Boyd (Lumberton, N.J./Rancocas Valley) layup with 7:31 left until halftime, Dominican ran off the game's next 15 points over a stretch of two-plus minutes. A three by Korina Guerra (White Plains, N.Y./Ursuline School) with 6:39 to play in the second gave the visitors the lead for good, 27-26, and five consecutive points by Khay'la Latimer (Teaneck, N.J./ICHS-Lodi) would later wrap up the spurt.

The Golden Falcons closed to within four points, but Dominican stretched its edge back to 44-34 at halftime. The Chargers made 12 first-half three-pointers, including six by Merritt and four from Guerra.

The Golden Falcons crept to within a six-point deficit twice in the third period, the last time following two Lee free throws at the 3:08 mark. But they did not dent the scoreboard again for the balance of the quarter and trailed at its conclusion, 59-48.

Still ahead by 11 with 8:16 to play, Dominican used an 11-2 over the next for minutes to take control. The final margin was the Chargers' largest of the night. Felician was held to 22 second-half points.

One game after committing a season-low 12 turnovers, the Golden Falcons were forced into a high for the year of 37 miscues. Merritt finished with 18 points and seven assists, and teammates Guerra and Taylor Tomlinson (Middletown, N.Y./Middletown) also netted 18 points. The Chargers recorded 26 assists on their 30 field goals.

Boyd scored nine points and senior Taliyah Brisco (Cambria Heights, N.Y./Francis Lewis) registered seven points, five rebounds and five assists for Felician (2-16, 1-10).

The Golden Falcons next play on February 4, when they travel to Nyack, N.Y. for 5:30 p.m. CACC action versus Nyack College.