February 25, 2012

USciences Eliminates Women's Basketball From CACC Tournament

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The University of the Sciences earned an 85-73 victory over host Felician College in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Women's Basketball Tournament on Saturday night at Job Gymnasium. U-Sciences (18-10), the No. 4 seed from the CACC South Division, took control with a 24-6 run which spanned halftime.

Felician, the No. 1 seed from the CACC North Division, was hosting a conference tournament game for the first time since 2000. The Golden Falcons finish with a won-lost record of 17-10, posting three consecutive winning seasons for the first time in program history.

Saturday's first half was closely contested, with five ties in the first 11 minutes. But after a three-point field goal by Felician senior Destiny Barnette (Paterson, NJ/PCTI) with 3:52 left in the period made the score 27-25 in favor of the Devils, the Golden Falcons missed their next nine field-goal attempts, and the visitors opened up a 13-point advantage. A Barnette jumper at 0:25 cut the Felician deficit to 40-29 at halftime.

U-Sciences freshman Brianne Traub (Wayne, NJ/Eastern Christian), however, scored the first five points of the second half, spurring her team to an 11-2 start to the period and a 20-point lead. By the time the Golden Falcons were able to come back to within single digits, fewer than two minutes remained and the Devils were able to secure the victory at the foul line.

Trina Plummer (West Bablyon, NY/North Babylon) led Felician with 16 points and four steals and Barnette and classmate Jessica Ford (Jersey City, NJ/St. Anthony) (nine rebounds) scored 14 each. All five U-Sciences starters scored in double figures led by Carolyn Edwards' (Huntington Valley, PA/St. Basil's Academy) 18 points. Elsebeth Birman (Silver Spring, MD/St. John's College HS) posted 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and Traub finished with 16 points and nine rebounds.

Felician, which entered the night ranked No. 2 nationally in NCAA Division II in field-goal percentage defense, allowed the Devils to shoot a 46-percent from the floor, a season high by an opponent. U-Sciences also outscored the Golden Falcons, 37-16, at the foul line.

U-Sciences moves on to face Dominican (N.Y.) College in the semifinals on March 2.