Women's Basketball Loses At Nyack Despite Solid Defensive Effort

Women's basketball player dribbles ahead of defender.
Briana Lee (2) recorded her sixth double-double of 2019-20 during a loss at Nyack. (Steven R. Smith)

NYACK, N.Y. – The Felician University women's basketball team turned in a solid defensive effort but was outscored by host Nyack College, 70-58, in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference action on Tuesday evening at Bowman Gymnasium.

Felician freshman guard/forward Briana Lee (Jersey City, N.J.) collected 15 points, 12 rebounds, and five steals. The double-double was the sixth of Lee's rookie campaign. Golden Falcon freshman guard Haylee Ramirez (North Bergen, N.J.) totaled 10 points with season highs of six rebounds and three assists. More than three-quarters of Felician's scoring (44 of 58 points) came from freshmen.

Nyack (8-12, 6-7 CACC) received 16 points and 10 rebounds from senior guard/forward Kyla Given (Newburgh, N.Y.). Fellow senior Yamalis Villegas (Cherry Hill, N.J.) registered 16 points and six boards off the Warrior bench.

Felician held the Warriors to 29-percent shooting from the floor and helped force the hosts into 20 turnovers. However, the tenacious Golden Falcons committed 25 personal fouls. Nyack outscored Felician, 27-14, at the foul line, and sank nine three-point field goals while holding its guests to two.

Felician led, 7-1, after three minutes of play, and took its largest lead, 13-6, following a Tiara Mahorn (Irvington, N.J.) layup with 2:43 left in the opening period. But, helped by a Khadijah Hickson (Philadelphia, Pa.) three-pointer during the closing seconds, Nyack left the period down only 19-17.

Hampered by eight second-quarter turnovers, the Golden Falcons surrendered the advantage. Nyack surged ahead, 23-21, on a Given layup with 4:54 left until halftime. Felician went eight minutes between field goals, netting only five points in the period to enter the intermission trailing, 29-24.

Ramirez dropped in a three to put the visitors back in front, 31-30, and 7:08 showing on the third-quarter game clock. The Felician edge was 35-32 at the 4:26 point of the third after Damia Jordan's (Brooklyn, N.Y) layup. Nyack, however, drained trifectas on each of its next three possessions, the final two following Felician turnovers, and never trailed again. By period's end, the Warriors led, 49-42.

Felician was held scoreless for the first four minutes of the fourth quarter. By that point, Nyack had made three more shots from distance to lead by 16, its largest spread of the game. The Warriors earned a split of their two-game CACC season series from the Golden Falcons.

Jordan and senior Taliyah Brisco (Cambria Heights, N.Y.) scored nine points each for Felician (2-17, 1-11). The Golden Falcons are 3 ½ games behind fourth-place Caldwell University for the final CACC playoff spot from the league's North Division with seven contests remaining.

Felician is on the road again on Saturday, facing Holy Family University in conference action at 1 p.m. in northeast Philadelphia.