Plummer, Morris Lead Felician Past Dowling, 58-52

Plummer, Morris Lead Felician Past Dowling, 58-52

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Senior forward Trina Plummer (West Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon) scored 21 points with nine rebounds and three assists and junior forward/center Ashley Morris (West Orange, N.J./West Orange) recorded her third consecutive double-double as the Felician College women's basketball team ended a seven-game losing streak with a 58-52 non-conference victory over visiting Dowling College on Monday evening at Job Gymnasium.

A lay-up by freshman Krstina Surlan (Novi Grad, Bosnia/Petar Kocic) gave Dowling (1-4) a 52-50 lead with five minutes, 15 seconds, remaining in the game. But the Felician defense kept the Golden Lions off of the scoreboard the rest of the way. A Morris lay-up at the 4:12 mark put the hosts ahead for good, and neither team scored again until Plummer converted two free throws with 2:32 to go. A driving lay-up by Morris out of a timeout at 0:30 made it 57-52 and secured the victory.

The Golden Lions went 0 for 7 from the floor and committed three turnovers in the final five minutes of game action.

Morris turned in 15 points and a career-best 15 rebounds and senior guard Jac'Quel Saunders (Trenton, N.J./Trenton Catholic) scored 12 points for the Golden Falcons (2-8). Christine Verrelle (Abington, Pa./Archbishop Wood) and Kamille Ejerta (Jamaica, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy) led Dowling with 12 points apiece and Surlan totaled 10 points and 11 rebounds.

After both teams started slowly offensively, the visiting Golden Lions jumped out to a 19-9 edge after nine minutes of play. Felician quickly turned the tables with a 15-2 run, taking its first lead on a Saunders three-point field goal with 4:50 to play. The Golden Falcons tallied the final six points of the period for a 32-26 halftime bulge.

Felician led by as many as eight points on two occasions early in the second stanza, but Dowling came all the way back to move ahead, 44-43, with 10:12 to play. The teams were within one possession of each other from the 14:25 mark until Morris' clinching lay-up at 0:30.

Felician held the Golden Lions to 29 percent shooting from the floor, including a 21-percent clip from three-point range.