Hudson County Duo Makes Felician History During 91-70 Home Win

Women;'s basketball player in white uniform dribbles down right side, shot from front right.
Haylee Ramirez set a Felician freshman record with 28 points during a Feb. 12, 2020, win over Bloomfield. (Steven R. Smith)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Freshmen Haylee Ramirez (North Bergen, N.J./Hudson Catholic) and Briana Lee (Jersey City, N.J./Irvington) combined for 53 points to lead Felician University to a 91-70 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball victory over visiting Bloomfield College on Wednesday evening at Job Gymnasium.  

Both players captured a piece of Felician history. Ramirez netted 28 points, a school freshman record. She went 7 for 10 from the floor, including 5 of 7 from three-point range, and was 9 for 10 on free-throw attempts. Ramirez added two assists and three steals in 28 minutes.

Lee, meanwhile, logged 34 minutes and recorded 25 points, 20 rebounds and seven assists. She becomes the first Golden Falcon, male or female, to enjoy two career games of 20 or more rebounds, and the third female to turn in a 20+ point, 20+ rebound effort. She grabbed 21 boards (with 18 points) during a loss at Pace University on Nov. 21.

Despite the hosts producing their highest offensive output in more than six years, the result was in doubt until the closing minutes. The Golden Falcons (3-18, 2-12 CACC), who started five freshmen, jumped out to a 15-3 lead after 4 ½ minutes and led, 23-12, after one period. But Bloomfield crept as close as 32-28 during the second quarter. A late Ramirez three-point field goal allowed Felician to head into halftime ahead, 35-28.

The Bears remained in contention throughout period three, coming within a two-point deficit on three occasions but never drawing even. Once again it was Ramirez canning a three-pointer as the period neared its end, allowing Felician to exit up 57-52. Ramirez totaled 10 third-quarter points to help hold off the Bears.

The Golden Falcons were ahead, 58-54, with 9:09 to play when Ramirez made all three of a three-shot foul. Junior Tania Scott (Newark, N.J./Hudson Catholic) followed with a steal and lay-up for a nine-point edge. A successful jump shot from distance by Bloomfield sophomore Caitlin Townes (Newark, N.J./Newark Tech) made the score 63-57. A minute later with the score the same, a Lee three touched off an 11-0 run for the hosts and a 17-point bulge at the 5:53 mark. Bloomfield would never again come closer than 11 points back.

Felician's 34 fourth-quarter points (including 14 by Lee) are its most in any period since the NCAA adopted the four-quarter format for the 2015-16 season. The Golden Falcons, who entered Wednesday scoring 58.0 points per game, totaled 56 in the second half.

Townes led Bloomfield (4-20, 3-12) with 20 points and four assists and fellow sophomore Jaylah Bennett (Newark, N.J./Newark Tech) added 17 points. Senior Taliyah Brisco (Cambria Heights, N.Y./Francis Lewis) registered nine points and four assists as Felician held off elimination from the CACC North Division playoff race. The Golden Falcons trail the final spot by four games with five to play.

Lee held the previous Felician freshman scoring record of 26 points during her team's first meeting with Bloomfield this season on Jan. 8. Prior to 2019-20, the mark belonged to Alesha Clayton, who scored 25 points against Wilmington (Del.) College on Dec. 7, 2002.

The other two Felician females to post "20-20" games are both members of the Golden Falcons' Hall of Fame. Audrey Lundy had 23 points and 22 rebounds at Dominican (N.Y.) College on Dec. 15, 2001. In a home game against Green Mountain College on Jan. 11, 2003, Tysell Bozeman collected 48 points and 21 boards (plus six assists and a school-record 12 steals).

Bozeman holds the overall Felician single-game scoring record, with 61 points versus Dominican on Dec. 20, 2002.

Felician put the brakes on an eight-game losing streak and won for the first time at home since Nov. 14. The Golden Falcons swept the two-game CACC season series from the Bears for the second consecutive year. The 91 points were Felician's most since a 93-66 win at Post University on Jan. 22, 2014.

Felician plays in Rutherford again on Saturday, when it entertains the nationally-ranked University of the Sciences at 1 p.m.