RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician College women's basketball team cut a 17-point second-half deficit to four before falling to visiting Goldey-Beacom College, 65-56, in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference action on Saturday afternoon at Job Gymnasium. Felician (8-10, 6-5 CACC) saw a five-game win streak come to an end.
Junior guard Lillian Chukwueze (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) led a balanced Goldey-Beacom offense with 12 points and added six rebounds and three assists before fouling out. Five other Lightning players tallied between eight and 11 points. Trina Plummer (West Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon) topped all scorers with 13 points for the Golden Falcons.
GBC (8-10, 5-6), which never trailed, drained four three-point field goals in the game's first seven minutes to open up a 16-7 lead. The Lightning went ahead by as many as 11 points on two occasions in the opening period, and a buzzer-beating putback by freshman Jasymne Lewis (Mount Holly, N.J./Rancocas Valley) allowed the visitors to take a 40-30 edge into the locker room.
After Plummer scored on Felician's opening possession of the second half, the Lightning went on a 9-0 run and held the Golden Falcons scoreless for seven minutes of game action. GBC was still ahead, 58-44, on a Lewis bucket with 5:26 to play before Felician embarked on an 11-1 run over the next four minutes.
In the final 1:07, the hosts had the ball three times with a chance to cut their deficit to one possession, but the Lightning came up with the defensive stop on each occasion. After missing four consecutive free throws, GBC went 5 for 6 at the line in the final 35 seconds to secure the victory.
Felician received a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds from junior forward Ashley Morris (West Orange, N.J./West Orange). Teammate Keisha Jean-Louis (Somerville, Mass./Somerville) totaled 10 points and nine boards in 17 minutes off the bench.
Taylor Leonard (Lake Katrine, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) scored 11 points for the Lightning, while junior center Chelsea Grover (Southampton, N.J./Seneca) scored 10 points and blocked three shots. Lewis scored nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Goldey-Beacom held the Golden Falcons to 29-percent shooting from the floor, including 19-percent (3 for 16) from three-point range. The Lightning defense blocked seven shots and nabbed nine steals.