Women Win Again, Move Into Tie For First

Jac'Quel Saunders scored 18 points in Wednesday's victory at Concordia.
Jac'Quel Saunders scored 18 points in Wednesday's victory at Concordia.

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – The Felician College women's basketball team put four scorers in double figures, including a double-double from junior forward Que Lyles (Bronx, NY), in its 84-78 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory over host Concordia (N.Y.) College on Wednesday evening at the Meyer Center. Felician (12-7, 9-3 CACC) has won a season-best five consecutive games and 8 of its last 9.

The victory, combined with Dominican (N.Y.) College's home loss to Post University on Wednesday, left the Golden Falcons in a first-place tie with Dominican in the CACC North Division. Felician and the Chargers sit one-half game ahead of third-place Caldwell College and have seven regular-season games remaining. The Golden Falcons have never won a CACC league or division regular-season crown in their 16-year history.

On Wednesday, Felician sophomore Jac'Quel Saunders (Trenton, NJ) shot 7 of 9 from the floor, including 4 of 4 from three-point range. She finished with 18 points, one off her career high, in 24 minutes. Teammates Destiny Barnette (Paterson, NJ) (three assists, two blocks) and Trina Plummer (West Babylon, NY) (seven rebounds, four steals) also netted 18 apiece, and Lyles registered her fourth double-double of the season with 12 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. Lyles has blocked at least three shots in nine consecutive games.

Felician jumped out to a 28-11 lead after 10 minutes, 10 seconds of action, but settled for a 43-35 halftime advantage. Concordia (6-14, 5-8) cut an 11-point second half deficit to 59-58 on two Chanessa Blakemore (Albany, NY) free throws at the 9:23 mark, but the Golden Falcons' Shakeema Green (New York, NY) scored the game's next five points. The Clippers came within three points on two more occasions, with Felician going 9 for 10 at the foul line in the final two minutes to secure the victory.

Krystina Agard (Queens, NY) (14-14 FT) led four double-figure scorers for Concordia with 18 points, and Blakemore posted 17 points and 18 rebounds. The game contained 44 personal fouls and 62 free-throw attempts.   Felician earned a sweep of the regular-season series with the Clippers.