Felician Lets Large Lead Get Away In Home Loss

Green-Out Night! (by Lori Kwiatkowski)
Green-Out Night! (by Lori Kwiatkowski)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Post University closed with a 17-3 run in the final 6 ½ minutes to earn a 64-57 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball victory over host Felician College on Tuesday night at Job Gymnasium. Felician (6-14, 6-7 CACC) was held to 19 second-half points.

The Golden Falcons received a career-high 13 points and a season-high nine rebounds from sophomore post player Ashley Morris (West Orange, N.J./West Orange). Morris scored Felician's first eight points of the contest and Jac'Quel Saunders (Trenton, N.J./Trenton Catholic) put up six points in 14 seconds as the hosts jumped ahead, 22-8, after nine-plus minutes of action. The Golden Falcons took their largest lead of the night, 34-14, with 4:48 to play in the opening period before settling for a 38-26 halftime advantage.

After the Golden Falcons went back ahead by 14, Post (10-11, 8-6) embarked on a 14-4 spurt to trail just 46-42 with 10:27 left in regulation. Felician quickly pushed its advantage back to 10, and still led 54-47, at the 6:43 mark when its offense went cold. The Golden Falcons missed their next nine field goal attempts, and committed four turnovers, as Post scored 15 consecutive points for a 62-54 lead at 0:35. A pair of mid-run free throws by Eagle junior Jessica Webber (Naugatuck, Conn./Naugatuck) with 2:36 remaining gave the visitors the lead for good. It was the game's only lead change.

Junior swing player Aubrey Latham (Mystic, Conn./Fitch) led all scorers with 25 points for the Eagles. Teammate Hailey Griffin (Plainfield, Conn./Plainfield scored 11 points and Monique Chance (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had eight points and 12 rebounds. Trina Plummer (West Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon) recorded 15 points and six rebounds and Saunders had 14 points and six assists for the hosts.

Felician saw a seven-game win streak versus the Eagles come to an end. The Golden Falcons have lost three consecutive games and 7 of their last 9. They fell into fifth place in the CACC North Division, one game out of playoff position, with six games to play.

At Felician's inaugural "Green-Out" night, the Golden Falcon softball team and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee combined to raise more than $100, via a bake sale and gate donations, for the National Make-A-Wish Foundation.