RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Bloomfield College held significant advantages in scoring near the basket in its 80-66 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball victory over host Felician College on Tuesday evening at Job Gymnasium.
With the win combined with other league results, Bloomfield (14-8, 12-3 CACC) maintained its two-game lead atop the CACC North Division standings. Felician remained in a tie for third place in the CACC North, as four teams sit within 2 ½ games of one another in a fight for the division's final two playoff spots. Both the Deacons and Golden Falcons have four games left to play.
On Tuesday, sophomore guard Ariel Wilson (Chesapeake, Va./Lake Taylor) went 6 for 8 from the field and 4 for 4 at the foul line to top Bloomfield with 18 points and add three assists in 23 minutes. Teammate Ivettlis Castro (Carteret, N.J./Carteret) came off the bench to score 16 points and nab three steals. Felician senior forward Trina Plummer (West Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon) led all players with 20 points.
Bloomfield racked up a 44-27 rebounding advantage, including 18-7 on the offensive glass. The result was a 18-6 edge for the visitors in second-chance tallies. The Decaons also outscored their hosts, 36-18, in the painted area.
The Deacons took the lead for good in the latter stages of the first half. Felician had staged a 12-0 run to turn a six-point deficit into a 21-15 lead with eight minutes, 12 seconds, remaining in the opening period. But Bloomfield answered by scoring the game's next 16 points. The Golden Falcons missed on three front ends of 1-and-1 foul-shooting situations during the decisive run.
A three-point field goal by Castro in the closing seconds allowed the Deacons to bring a 42-29 edge into the locker room. Bloomfield then put the game away by netting the first eight points of the second half. The visitors were ahead by as much as 60-36 with 14:47 to play, while the Golden Falcons never drew closer than their 13-point halftime deficit.
Bloomfield junior Tierra Scott (Bear, Del./Appoquinimink) enjoyed the night's only double-double, recording 13 points and 14 rebounds. Teammate Nakaida Thomas (Trenton, N.J./Trenton Catholic) had nine points and 11 boards. Ashley Morris (West Orange, N.J./West Orange) turned in 12 points, eight rebounds and a pair of blocks for Felician.
The game featured 55 personal fouls and 64 free-throw attempts. Three of Felician's 10 players in uniform fouled out. The teams also combined to turn the ball over 55 times.