RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Bowie State University women's basketball team scored with 3.3 seconds left in regulation to earn a 70-68 non-conference victory over host Felician College on Saturday afternoon at Job Gymnasium.
Bowie State junior guard Ashley Castle (Brooklyn, N.Y./Medgar Evans) broke the game's fifth tie to tally the game-wining points. Castle drove by a defender into the painted area and buried a contested jumper from just inside the foul line. Out of a Felician timeout, Castle then stole the Golden Falcons' inbounds pass and was able to dribble out the clock.
Felician senior Gisell Peguero (Brooklyn, N.Y./Midwood) had given the hosts their first lead of the day with 1:16 left to play, cutting under the basket and converting a lay-up after catching a pass from classmate Trina Plummer (West Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon). But two Denver Clyde (Glen Burnie, Md./North County) free throws at 1:03 knotted the game at 68-68, and Felician missed on two go-ahead shot attempts in its next possession. When the Bulldogs rebounded the second miss, the shot clock was turned off, setting up Castle's heroics.
Felician fell behind, 9-2, after 3 ½ minutes, and trailed, 41-31, at halftime. The Bulldogs scored on the opening possession of the second half to take their largest lead of the contest, but the Golden Falcons used a three-pointer by Plummer and a Peguero lay-up to knot the score, 58-58, at the 6:06 mark.
Peguero shot 7 for 9 from the floor and finished with game highs of 15 points and four assists. Felician senior Jac'Quel Saunders (Trenton, N.J./Trenton Catholic) scored 14 points with three steals, and Mary Chisholm (West Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon) netted a season-high seven points for the Golden Falcons (1-5), who have lost three in a row.
Graduate student Brook Miles (Upper Marlboro, Md./National Christian Academy) finished with 14 points and 16 rebounds and Castle also scored 14 for BSU (3-0).