NEWARK, Del. – The Felician College women's basketball team fell behind early and never recovered in its 81-66 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference loss to host Wilmington (Del.) University on Saturday afternoon at the WU Athletics Complex.
With the loss, along with other league results, Felician (10-13, 8-8 CACC) fell into fourth place in the CACC North Division. The Golden Falcons trail third-place Post University by one game, and hold a half-game edge over fifth-place Dominican (N.Y.) College for the division's final playoff spot. Felician has three games remaining, including a date with Dominican in Orangeburg, N.Y., on Tuesday.
Felician had trouble containing Wildcat sophomore guard Tenicia Spence (Baltimore, Md.), the CACC's second-leading scorer. Playing the entire 40 minutes, Spence shot 12 for 23 from the floor and 8 of 10 at the foul line to tally 33 points. She scored 20 of Wilmington's 46 second-half points, and added six steals on the afternoon.
Wilmington, which never trailed, jumped out to a 19-9 edge after 10 minutes of action. The Wildcats led by as man 15 points in the opening period and 35-26 at halftime. A 10-2 run, capped by a three-point field goal from Alex Salaycik (Staten Island, N.Y.) with 11:24 to play, cut the Golden Falcon deficit to 50-47. But the hosts rattled off the next nine points, including six by Spence, and were in control the rest of the way.
The Felician offense never could get completely untracked. The Golden Falcons shot 32 percent from the field on the day and committed 29 turnovers.
The Wildcats (7-17, 4-13) received 14 points and 10 rebounds in 22 bench minutes from junior Tashae Plummer (Landover Hills, Md.). Taylor Carter (Edgewood, Md.) netted 15 points for Wilmington, and fellow junior Jennifer Carr (Federalsburg, Md.) posted seven points, 12 rebounds and three steals.
The game featured 50 personal fouls and 64 free-throw attempts.