PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences never trailed in earning a 72-52 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball victory over visiting Felician College on Saturday afternoon at Bobby Morgan Arena.
USciences (10-9, 8-4 CACC) played excellent team defense in the victory, holding Felician to 28 percent shooting from the floor. The Devils forced 20 Golden Falcon turnovers (offsetting 22 of their own miscues) and owned a 45-37 rebounding advantage, including 32-22 on the defensive glass.
Felician (6-13, 6-6) received 16 points from junior guard Jac'Quel Saunders (Trenton, N.J.). The Golden Falcons, however, had trouble containing Devil sophomore guard Jessica Sylvester (Trevose, Pa.), who lit up the nets for a career-high 28 points. Sylvester made 10 of 17 field-goal attempts, including 5 of 10 from distance, and added four assists.
USciences scored 10 consecutive points to take a 15-5 advantage after five-plus minutes of action. The Devils led by as many as 17 points late in the opening period before settling for a 35-22 halftime advantage. Saunders and Trina Plummer (West Bablyon, N.Y.) combined to score the first six points of the second half and pull Felician within 35-28 with 18:15 remaining in regulation. But that was as close as the visitors' would get the rest of the day. By the 9:25 mark, the Devils led by 18, and the final 20-point margin represented their largest edge of the game.
Sophomore Brianne Traub (Wayne, N.J.) turned in 14 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists for USciences, which shot 42 percent for the afternoon. Becca Ruggear (Collingdale, Pa.) (5-6 FG) scored 13 points, and Carolyn Edwards (Huntington Valley, Pa.) finished with 10 points and eight rebounds. Plummer accumulated nine points, six rebounds and three steals for the Golden Falcons.
Felician has lost six of its last eight contests, but still sits in a tie for fourth place and the final playoff spot from the CACC North Division with seven league games to play. The Golden Falcons return home after three consecutive road games to host Post University in its "Green-Out" Night on Tuesday at 6 p.m.