RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Sophomore guard Gisell Peguero (Brooklyn, NY/Midwood) scored a career-high 16 points in leading Felician College to its school-record ninth consecutive victory, a 59-47 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball triumph over visiting Dominican (N.Y.) College on Tuesday evening at Job Gymnasium. Felician (16-7, 13-3 CACC), guided by fourth-year head coach Steve Fagan, set another school mark with its 13th conference win of the year.
Peguero, who averages 5.5 points per game, shot 8 for 12 from the floor in netting eight points in each half. Her bucket with 13 seconds left in the first half capped an 8-1 Golden Falcon run which gave the hosts a 26-19 lead heading into the locker room. After a Dominican hoop to start period two, Felician's Trina Plummer (West Babylon, NY/North Babylon) scored a quick five points as part of a 7-0 spurt which put her team ahead by 12.
The Chargers (11-12, 10-6), who never led, could not get any closer than an eight-point deficit the rest of the night. Felician sophomore Jac'Quel Saunders (Trenton, NJ/Trenton Catholic Academy) nailed a three-pointer at the 8:50 mark to end a mini-run by Dominican for a 46-34 edge. Three times in the final six minutes, the visitors would pull within eight, but the Golden Falcons answered on each occasion, including twice on jumpers by Peguero, to restore a double-digit margin.
Plummer also finished with 16 points and Saunders netted 10 points and seven rebounds. Felician junior Que Lyles (Bronx, NY/Banana Kelly) spearheaded the defense with 11 rebounds, eight blocks and six steals. The Golden Falcons held Dominican to 28 percent shooting from the floor and forced 24 Charger turnovers.
Junior Shannon Lavelle (Floral Park, NY/Archbishop Molloy) led Dominican with 15 points. Classmate Lindsey Lopez (Elmwood Park, NJ/Immaculate Conception) had nine points and six assists.
Felician maintained its 1 ½ game lead over Caldwell College for first place in the CACC North Division with three regular-season games remaining.