WILMINGTON, Del. – Despite 17 points and 12 rebounds from junior forward Trina Plummer (West Babylon, N.Y.), the Felician College women's basketball team lost to host Goldey-Beacom College, 61-47, in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference action on Saturday afternoon at the Joseph West Jones Center.
Goldey-Beacom (15-8, 12-2 CACC), the second place team in the CACC South Division, won its fifth consecutive game and 12th in its last 15 outings. The Lightning also secured their fourth consecutive conference tournament berth. Felician, meanwhile, has lost four games in a row and six of its last seven. The Golden Falcons sit in fifth place in the CACC North, 1 ½ games out of playoff contention with five games left.
The Lightning, who never trailed, jumped out to a 10-0 lead after 4 ½ minutes of play, and carried a 34-21 advantage into halftime, matching their largest edge of the opening period. A put-back by GBC sophomore Chelsea Grover (Southampton, N.J.) capped a 9-0 run by the hosts to start the second half, giving them their most robust lead of the day, 43-21, with 15:21 to play in regulation.
Felician (6-15, 6-8) got as close as 49-41 on a pair of Plummer free throws at the 3:18 mark. But the Lightning responded with the next six points, running the clock down to 1:25 in the process, to ensure the victory. The Golden Falcons were held to 23.5 percent shooting on the day, making exactly 8 of 34 field-goal attempts in each half. Felician struggled to a 2 for 15 total (13 percent) from three-point range.
Plummer was the only double-figure scorer for Felician. Ashley Morris (West Orange, N.J.) scored seven points and matched a season high with nine rebounds, and guards Eliana Scanlon (New York, N.Y.) and Gisell Peguero (Brooklyn, N.Y.) each produced seven points and four steals off the bench. Taylor Leonard (Lake Katrine, N.Y.) posted a career high 11 points for the Lightning and teammate Irene Hudson (Syracuse, N.Y.) also netted 11. Grover finished with nine points and 12 rebounds.
Plummer's double-double was her fourth of the season and the ninth of her career. Goldey-Beacom defeated the Golden Falcons for the seventh time in the teams' last eight meetings. Felician has not won in Wilmington since Feb. 10, 2005.