Brisco's 22 Points, Late Steal Lift Felician To Road Win

Women's basketball player in white uniform about to release two-handed pass.
Taliyah Brisco scored a career-high 22 points in a Feb. 22, 2020, win at Concordia (NY). (Steven R. Smith)

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – A perimeter steal by senior Taliyah Brisco (Cambria Heights, N.Y.) freed freshman teammate Kiera Dunhill (Perth, Australia) for a tie-breaking breakaway layup with four seconds remaining in Felician University's 73-69 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball victory over host Concordia (N.Y.) College on Saturday afternoon at the Meyer Athletic Center.

Brisco scored a career-high 22 points and added five assists and six steals. She was one of double-figure scorers for Felician (4-20, 3-14 CACC). Golden Falcon freshman swing player Briana Lee (Jersey City, N.J.) totaled 20 points and eight rebounds.

The game featured 13 ties and 13 lead changes. Felician trailed, 39-31, at halftime. But by the time four minutes, 40 seconds remained in the third period, the visitors had moved ahead by a point. The sides exited the third even, 50-50.

The Golden Falcons and Clippers were never separated by more than four points during the final quarter. They were deadlocked, 67-67, with 1:25 to play following a layup by Concordia freshman Christina Brown (Ardmore, Pa.). The Clippers' Shanice Graves (Brooklyn, N.Y.) blocked a Golden Falcon shot and recovered the rebound, and a Brown putback on the other end gave Concordia a two-point lead at 0:50.

Lee answered with a successful jump shot. Concordia called timeout and advanced the ball. But the Felician defense was solid. As the shot clock wound down the ball was still possessed well beyond the three-point arc, and Brisco poked a pass away. Dunhill recovered and beat the field down the floor for the go-ahead points.

The hosts had a timeout remaining and again inbounded in the frontcourt. This time they got the ball to Brown on the baseline and she was fouled as she drove for a shot. With two ticks left, the first attempt was errant. Brown then committed a lane violation while trying to miss the second shot by design. Haylee Ramirez's (North Bergen, N.J.) two foul shots at the other end wrapped up the win for the visitors.

Ramirez finished with 15 points and four assists and Tiara Mahorn (Irvington, N.J.) accumulated 12 points and five rebounds for the Golden Falcons. Brown had 19 points and eight rebounds for Concordia (6-20, 5-12), which could not take full advantage of a 53-32 edge on the boards.

Felician will celebrate Senior Night on Wednesday prior to its 5:30 p.m. home game in Rutherford, N.J., against Caldwell University. Brisco and fellow senior Brianna Lawrence (Spring Valley, N.Y.) will be honored in a pregame ceremony.