Felician Dismantles First-Place Lady Chargers

Eliana Scanlon (3) had nine points and 11 assists in Felician's 83-48 win over Dominican-NY on Feb. 12, 2013.
Eliana Scanlon (3) had nine points and 11 assists in Felician's 83-48 win over Dominican-NY on Feb. 12, 2013.

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College shot 56 percent from the floor and posted a season-high offensive output in its 83-48 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball victory over visiting Dominican (N.Y.) College on Tuesday evening at Job Gymnasium. Dominican (15-8, 12-4 CACC) is the first-place team in the CACC North Division.

Felician (7-16, 7-9) snapped a five-game losing streak in emphatic fashion. The Golden Falcons also further tightened an already jumbled playoff race in the CACC North, where only two games now separate third place from sixth. The division's top four teams at season's end will advance to the league playoffs. With three contests remaining, Felician sits one game back of fourth-place Bloomfield College.

While the Golden Falcons put four scorers in double figures on Tuesday, they were sparked by the guard play of sophomore transfer Eliana Scanlon (New York, N.Y./Oak Hill Academy [Va.]). Scanlon produced nine points and 11 assists (against three turnovers) as Felician turned in a positive assist-turnover ratio (17-14) for just the second time this season. Scanlon tied the second-highest single-game assist total in Felician history.

Leading, 8-7, after 6 ½ minutes, Felician took control with a 27-6 run over the next eight-plus minutes of game action to open up a 22-point advantage. The hosts were ahead by as many as 25 before bringing a 46-24 edge into intermission.

The Chargers never came any closer. The Golden Falcon lead hovered between 22 and 26 points for the first 12 minutes of the second half, before Felician ended all doubts with a 19-2 spurt for a game-high 81-40 spread at the 3:14 mark.

Felician junior Trina Plummer (West Bablyon, N.Y./North Babylon) (7-9 FG) topped all players with 19 points. Sophomore Ashley Morris (West Orange, N.J./West Orange) netted a career-high 15 points and eight rebounds and junior Keisha Jean-Louis (Somerville, Mass./Somerville) finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Golden Falcons scored 52 points in the paint, picked up 27 points off of 20 Dominican turnovers, and owned a 39-26 rebounding advantage.

K.C. Jentzen (Pearl River, N.Y./Nanuet) led the Chargers with 15 points and six rebounds and teammate LaShonda Hawthorne (Queens, N.Y./St. John's Prep) added 13 points.

After recording 33 assists in her first 21 games as a Golden Falcon, Scanlon has 20 helpers in her last two contests.

Felician travels to Chestnut Hill College for a 1 p.m. tip-off on Saturday.