Late McDuffie Three Lifts Golden Falcons In Overtime

Sierra McDuffie's three-pointer put Felician ahead late in overtime of its 68-64 win at Bloomfield on Jan. 8, 2014.
Sierra McDuffie's three-pointer put Felician ahead late in overtime of its 68-64 win at Bloomfield on Jan. 8, 2014.

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – A go-ahead three-point field goal by sophomore forward Sierra McDuffie (Paterson, N.J.) with 34 seconds left in overtime lifted Felician College to a 68-64 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball victory over host Bloomfield College on Wednesday evening at B.C. Gymnasium. Bloomfield (7-6, 5-1 CACC) began the night in first place in the CACC North Division.

Junior center Ashley Morris (West Orange, N.J.) led Felician (4-9, 2-4) with a career-high 21 points. She also amassed eight rebounds, three blocks and two steals in a team-high 38 minutes. Golden Falcon senior forward Trina Plummer (West Babylon, N.Y.) turned in 20 points, nine rebounds and three assists, including a helper on McDuffie's overtime three.

Bloomfield tallied the first four points of extra time, but Felician responded to score the next five. Deacon junior Lauren Deverin (Sewarin, N.J.) scored with 1:35 remaining for a 62-61 lead, but she missed a pair of free throws on the hosts' next possession. Out of a time-out, Plummer found McDuffie just left of center behind the arc, and the sophomore gave Felician a two-point edge. It was McDuffie's only field goal of the night; she finished with four points and eight rebounds.

The Golden Falcons stopped Bloomfield on a pair of shot attempts out of a Deacon time-out, and Felician senior Jac'Quel Saunders (Trenton, N.J.) went 4 for 4 at the foul line in the closing seconds to seal the victory. Felician was 9 for 10 on free throws in overtime after shooting just 10 for 20 in regulation.

Felician trailed, 36-25, at halftime, and by as many as 13 points in the second period. A Morris jump shot had given the Golden Falcons a 56-55 edge with 1:08 left in regulation, but Tierra Scott (Bear, Del.) split a pair of free throws at 0:44 for Bloomfield to force overtime.

The game lasted 2 hours, 28 minutes. Scott topped the Deacons with 17 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks and teammate Nakaida Thomas (Trenton, N.J.) added 13 points and eight boards. Saunders put up 11 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Golden Falcons.

Felician held the Deacons to 28-percent shooting from the floor, including five percent (1 for 20) from three-point range. The Golden Falcons also forced 27 turnovers, while surviving 26 of their own. Felician has won three of its last four contests.