Caldwell Uses Late Surge To Top Felician, 66-63

Eliana Scanlon scored 11 points in defeat on Jan. 9, 2013.
Eliana Scanlon scored 11 points in defeat on Jan. 9, 2013.

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Caldwell College women's basketball team outscored Felician College, 11-2, over the final four minutes, 20 seconds, to earn a 66-63 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory over the host Golden Falcons on Wednesday evening at Job Gymnasium.

A three-point play in transition by Felician junior Trina Plummer (West Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon) put her team ahead, 61-55, with 4:20 left in regulation. Caldwell (6-11, 4-4) responded with the game's next six points to knot the score at the 2:09 mark, but after an empty possession by both teams, the Golden Falcons went back ahead, 63-61, on a pull-up jumper by team captain Gisell Peguero (Brooklyn, N.Y./Midwood) at 0:43.1.

The lead was short-lived, however, as Caldwell senior Torey Jones (Providence, R.I./LaSalle Academy) converted on a driving lay-up and was fouled while 0:33.1 showed on the clock. Jones, a two-time all-region performer who had been hampered by foul trouble for much of the evening, converted the free throw to put the Cougars ahead for good. Felician missed a contested runner as time wound down, and Jones made two more free throws for the final margin. A 25-foot heave at the buzzer by the Golden Falcons' Eliana Scanlon (New York, N.Y./Oak Hill Academy [Va.]) missed long.

Plummer led all players with 19 points and a career-high seven assists. Scanlon added 11 points and Peguero nine for the Golden Falcons (5-10, 5-3). Senior Gillian Felix (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) topped three Caldwell double-figure scorers with 16 points. Emily Caswell (Wakefield, R.I./Prout School) (6-7 FG) scored 14 points with 12 rebounds and Jones also netted 14 points.

Felician led by as many as 13 points in the opening period and 36-24 at halftime. After trailing by 14 on two occasions early in the second half, Caldwell pulled to within 49-47 with 10:44 to play. The Golden Falcons increased their edge to 58-49 at the 6:03 mark, and still led by six with 4:20 to play before Caldwell's game-altering run.

Caldwell, which won for the fourth time in its last five games, picked up its first (non-neutral) road victory of 2012-13 in seven tries. The Cougars swept their regular-season series from Felician for the third consecutive year.

The Golden Falcons have lost 3 of 4. They are in the midst of a three-game homestand, and began a stretch of four consecutive contests against CACC North Division opponents. Felician hosts Bloomfield College on Saturday at 1 p.m.