PHILADELPHIA – The Felician College women's basketball team fell behind by 17 points in the first half of its eventual 67-56 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference loss to host Holy Family University on Saturday afternoon at the Campus Center Gymnasium. Holy Family (7-5, 5-0 CACC) is tied for first place in the CACC South Division.
Senior forward Que Lyles (Bronx, N.Y.) came off the bench to lead Felician (3-9, 1-4) with 16 points. Lyles added six rebounds, two assists and three steals in 23 minutes.
Felician, which never led, was down, 18-16, after 7 ½ minutes of play following a three-point field goal by junior swing player Alex Salaycik (Staten Island, N.Y.). But the Tigers embarked on a 25-10 run over the next 11 minutes of game action to assume their largest advantage of the day, 43-26, with 1:26 to play in the period. HFU canned four three-pointers in the spurt, including a pair by Maggie Seratelli (Bethlehem, Pa.). Holy Family settled for a 44-30 halftime advantage.
The HFU offense sputtered in the second half. The Tigers shot 15 percent for the period and committed 13 turnovers. Felician tried to take advantage, closing a 13-point deficit with 9:44 to play to 58-53 at the 5:27 mark after Lyles' steal and lay-up. Still trailing by five with the ball and fewer than two minutes to play, the Golden Falcons were called for an offensive foul. Felician did not score again the rest of the way, and HFU sealed the victory by making 6 of 8 free throws down the stretch.
Tiger senior center Carolyne Heston (Feasterville, Pa.) topped all players with 21 points and 18 rebounds. Serratelli finished with 17 points and 10 boards. The Tigers out-rebounded Felician, 59-41, offsetting a 30-percent shooting day with 20 turnovers.
Felician senior Trina Plummer (West Babylon, N.Y.) scored 10 points with seven rebounds. Golden Falcon junior Ashley Morris (West Orange, N.J.) posted seven points, 14 rebounds, and three steals. The visitors, playing for the first time in two weeks, were held to 27 percent from the floor, including 18-percent on three-point attempts. Felician saw a brief two-game win streak halted.