Women's Basketball Playoff Hopes Take Serious Blow

(Boris Shabovta, Bora Images.)
(Boris Shabovta, Bora Images.)

PHILADELPHIA -- The Felician College women's basketball team missed a tremendous opportunity to improve its fortunes in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference playoff race with a 69-60 CACC loss to host Chestnut Hill College on Saturday afternoon at Sorgenti Arena.

With four teams in the running for the final two postseason berths from the CACC North Division, Felician entered the day one game back of playoff position with three games to play. All three other teams in contention -- Post University, Bloomfield College, and Concordia (N.Y.) College -- also lost on Saturday.

The setbacks by their competitors kept Felician alive in the race, but their own loss put the Golden Falcons in a precarious position. The simplest positive scenario for Felician would be to win its last two tilts, at Concordia and home for Nyack College, and have Bloomfield lose its final two.

On Saturday, Trina Plummer (North Babylon, N.Y.) led Felician (7-17, 7-10 CACC) with 22 points and added eight rebounds. Teammate Jac'Quel Saunders (Trenton, N.J.) scored 18 points in 27 bench minutes, and Keisha Jean-Louis (Somerville, Mass.) posted six points and game highs of 14 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Chestnut Hill, which never trailed, got out to an 8-0 lead after three minutes. Felician closed to within 15-13, but the Griffins used 49 percent first-half shooting to open up a 42-30 halftime advantage.

The visitors never made a serious run in the second half, only cutting their deficit to seven points. Lindsay Alexander (Hungindton Valley, Pa.) scored 12 second-half points for the Griffins (5-17, 3-12).

Olivia Gorczynski (Parlin, N.J.) topped CHC with 18 points, and Alexander finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds, her fourth double-double of the season. Felician was held to 36-percent shooting from the floor.