RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Guard/forward Tiara Mahorn (Irvington, N.J.) became the first freshman in the 24-year history of the Felician University women's basketball program to score at least 30 points in a game during the Golden Falcons' 96-84 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference loss to host Georgian Court University on Saturday afternoon at the GCU Wellness Center.
Mahorn, who logged 31 minutes, recorded 31 points and 12 rebounds for her first collegiate double-double. She was 10 for 19 from the floor and 10 of 10 at the foul line and added three assists and two steals.
Mahorn's effort marked the third time this season – by three different players – that the school single-game freshman scoring record was broken. Alesha Clayton had held the mark of 25 since Dec. 7, 2002. But Briana Lee (Jersey City, N.J.) netted 26 points at Bloomfield College on Jan. 8 and Haylee Ramirez (North Bergen, N.J.) tallied 28 at home against Bloomfield on Feb. 12.
Saturday's game marked the end of the 2019-20 campaign for both schools. Felician (4-22, 3-16) was defeated despite making 27 of 30 free-throw attempts (90 percent) and outscoring Georgian Court by 17 points at the foul line. In addition to Mahorn's effort, Felician sophomore forward Briana Boyd (Lumberton, N.J.) was 9 for 10 at the stripe and totaled 11 points.
The Lions (10-16, 8-11) outscored Felician, 15-5, over the final five minutes of the first quarter to lead, 25-16, at period's end. GCU then began the second with a 15-0 run over the first 3 ½ minutes to take a commanding 24-point edge. The hosts were up by as much as 27 before halftime; a late Mahorn layup made the score at the break 55-30 in favor of the Lions.
A putback by sophomore Leighanna Lister (Kutztown, Pa.) gave GCU its largest lead of the day, 73-42, with 4:30 left in the third quarter. The Golden Falcons closed the period with a 13-2 uprising, spearheaded by six points from Boyd and another five by Mahorn, but were still down, 75-55, with 10 minutes left.
The Lions registered the first six points of period four. Still trailing by 23 mid-way through the quarter, Felician ended the game with an 18-5 spurt for the final margin.
Georgian Court shot 51 percent from the floor and held the Golden Falcons to a 38-percent figure. Lion graduate student Jada Atchinson (Burlington, N.J.) scored 24 points with six rebounds and four assists and freshman Savawn Hughes (Baltimore, Md.) (7-11 FG) produced 19 points off the Lion bench.
Felician received 14 points and five assists from Ramirez. Redshirt freshman Damia Jordan (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored nine points.