BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – One season removed from winning the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference North Division regular-season title, the Felician College women's basketball team was eliminated from the 2012-13 CACC North playoff race with a 65-61 conference loss to host Concordia (N.Y.) College on Tuesday evening at the Meyer Athletic Center.
Felician (7-18, 7-11 CACC) fell into sixth place in the division, which invites its top four squads to the league tournament. The best finish the Golden Falcons can have would be a three-way tie for fourth in which tiebreakers would work against them.
On Tuesday, Concordia (9-17, 8-10) maintained a lead of two possessions or fewer for the final 9 ½ minutes of the contest without letting the Golden Falcons catch them. A three-point play by Felician sophomore Ashley Morris (West Orange, N.J.) gave the visitors a game-high eight point lead with 12:42 left in regulation, but the Clippers took the lead for good with a 15-1 run over the next five minutes of game action. A mid-run lay-up by freshman Khadijah Donaldson (Valley Stream, N.Y.) gave Concordia the advantage it would never relinquish, 48-46, at the 9:12 mark.
Felician moved to within a one-point deficit on three occasions in the final five-plus minutes, but the Clippers had an answer on offense each time. Twice in the final 92 seconds, the Golden Falcons had the ball with a chance to tie or go ahead, but in both cases committed a turnover. Concordia senior Krystina Agard (Queens, N.Y.) and sophomore Megan Burns (Staten Island, N.Y.) each made a pair of free throws in the last 30 seconds with their team up by two to secure the victory.
Agard led all players with 22 points and added eight rebounds. The Clippers received 18 points and six boards from senior Sade Jones (Paterson, N.J.), while junior Victoria Jones (Staten Island, N.Y.) added 10 points, 13 rebounds and three steals.
Junior Trina Plummer (West Babylon, N.Y.) topped Felician with 16 points, and Morris finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. Junior center Keisha Jean-Louis (Somerville, Mass.) completed her fourth straight game of double-figure rebounds with nine points, 11 caroms and three blocked shots.
Concordia offset a 28-percent shooting night by outscoring the Golden Falcons, 21-14, at the foul line. Agard was 12 of 14 at the line, attempting only three fewer foul shots than the entire Felician team. The Clippers also forced 21 Golden Falcon turnovers
Felician will conclude its season at home on Saturday, entertaining Nyack College at 1 p.m. Guard Shakeema Green (New York, N.Y.) will be honored on Senior Day.