RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician College women's basketball team committed 35 turnovers in its 85-69 non-conference loss to visiting Southern Connecticut State University on Friday evening at Job Gymnasium. Felician (1-3) was playing in its 2013-14 home opener.
The Golden Falcons out-shot Southern Connecticut State from the floor, 44 to 41 percent. But the Owls (2-1) canned seven three-point field goals to just one for the hosts, and scored 40 points off of Felician turnovers.
Senior forward Trina Plummer (West Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon) led Felician with 17 points. Classmate Gisell Peguero (Brooklyn, N.Y./Midwood) netted 14 points, including 9-of-9 shooting at the foul line, and added seven assists and four steals.
Just over three minutes into the contest, the Golden Falcons led, 12-2. But SCSU answered by tallying the game's next 15 points. A putback by freshman forward Taylor McLaughlin (Colchester, Conn./Bacon Academy) with 13:47 remaining in the first half gave the Owls a 13-12 edge, and they never trailed again.
SCSU finished the half with a 12-0 run over the final 3 ½ minutes to bring a 46-31 advantage into intermission. Felician would come as close as a six-point deficit on a Peguero three-point play at the 2:36 mark, but the Owls followed by putting together a quick 7-0 spurt to pull away.
Each team placed four scorers in double figures. SCSU freshman Maria Wesleyj (Marlborough, Conn./Mercy) canned four three-pointers and finished with a game-high 19 points. McLaughlin produced 18 points, nine rebounds and four steals. Frontcourt players Ashley Morris (West Orange, N.J./West Orange) (nine rebounds) and Que Lyles (Bronx, N.Y./Banana Kelly) put in 11 points apiece for the Golden Falcons.
The 35 miscues by Felician were its most in one game since committing 36 turnovers on Dec. 3, 2007, also against Southern Connecticut. On Friday, the Owls survived 22 turnovers of their own, helping themselves by dishing out the same number of assists.
Plummer moved her career point total to 992. She will renew her quest to become Felician's seventh 1,000-point scorer when the Golden Falcons travel to Caldwell College for a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference tilt on Nov. 20.