Women's Basketball Escapes GCU Via Final Defensive Stand

Women's Basketball Escapes GCU Via Final Defensive Stand

LAKEWOOD, N.J. – Felician College held host Georgian Court University scoreless for a 4 ½ minute period near the end of its 58-50 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball victory over the Lions on Saturday afternoon at the GCU Wellness Center. Senior forward Que Lyles (Bronx, N.Y./Banana Kelly) scored five points in Felician's game-clinching 8-0 run.

The victory, combined with other league results, tightened the standings in the CACC North Division. With five games remaining, the Golden Falcons (10-11, 8-6 CACC) moved into a third-place tie with Post University. Felician trails second-place Caldwell College by one game, but sits just one game ahead of fifth-place Dominican (N.Y.) College. At season's end, the division's top four teams will advance to the league playoffs.

Lyles and fellow senior forward Trina Plummer (West Babylon, N.Y/North Babylon) each posted 13 points and six rebounds on the day for Felician. Plummer added three assists and three steals to her line, while Lyles turned in three blocked shots and a pair of swipes. Senior guard Brittany Baker (Waldorf, Md./North Point) paced Georgian Court (3-18, 2-11) with 11 points, four rebounds and five steals.

GCU recovered from a 39-32 deficit with 12 minutes, 32 seconds, remaining in the second half to knot the game at 44-44 with 4:58 to play. After the teams traded baskets, the Lions missed their next eight shots from the field, sandwiching in two turnovers, as the Golden Falcons built a 54-46 advantage. By the time Ashiri Broadwater (Chicago, Ill./Proviso East) canned a jump shot to end the GCU skid, just 0:17 remained. Felician senior guard Gisell Peguero (Brooklyn, N.Y./Midwood) went 4 for 4 at the foul line in the closing seconds to preserve her team's seventh victory in its last nine games.

The Golden Falcons overcame 33-percent shooting from the field with an 81-percent clip on free throws, outscoring GCU, 21-8, at the foul line. Peguero did all of her scoring from the charity stripe, going 11 for 12 to go along with four assists. Broadwater (4-6 FG) tallied 10 points in 26 bench minutes for the Lions.

Felician overcame an early 10-5 deficit to lead, 31-28, at halftime. The final eight-point margin matched its largest of the afternoon. The Golden Falcons forced 25 turnovers, helping offset its own 21 miscues.