RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician College women's basketball team held visiting Caldwell College to four second-half field goals in its 75-58 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory over the Cougars on Thursday night at Job Gymnasium. The victory kept Felician (9-11, 7-6 CACC) in fourth place and in the final playoff position from the CACC North Division, one game ahead of fifth-place Dominican (N.Y.) College with six games left to play.
Felician senior forward Que Lyles (Bronx, N.Y./Banana Kelly) came off the bench to shoot 8 for 11 from the floor and lead all players with 16 points. Lyles added eight rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots in 31 minutes of action. Junior forward Ashley Morris (West Orange, N.J./West Orange) totaled 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Golden Falcons.
A nip-and-tuck first half saw 15 lead changes, with the teams never separated by one possession. Two free throws by Jeanette Anderson (Lynn, Mass./Lynn English) in the closing seconds allowed Caldwell (11-9, 9-4) to bring a 36-34 edge into halftime.
An Anderson foul shot with 13:26 left in regulation gave the Cougars their largest lead of the night, 44-40. But Felician then embarked on a 10-0 run, moving ahead for good on a Lyles lay-up with 11:41 remaining. With her team still ahead by four at the 8:13 mark, Felician sophomore Sierra McDuffie (Paterson, N.J./PCTI) canned a three-point field goal that touched off a 16-4 run over the next 4 ½ minutes, allowing the hosts to pull away. The final 17-point margin matched the Golden Falcons' largest of the evening.
Felician held the Cougars to 22-percent shooting from the floor, including 13 percent in the second half. Golden Falcon senior guard Jac'Quel Saunders (Trenton, N.J./Trenton Catholic) posted 12 points and four assists, and classmate Trina Plummer (West Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon) had 11 points and nine rebounds.
Anderson (11 rebounds, three assists) and junior forward Emily Caswell (Wakefield, R.I./Prout School) (six rebounds) scored 13 points apiece for Caldwell.