Women's Basketball Starts Slowly, Loses at SNHU

Eliana Scanlon's first game in nearly a year resulted in a 20-point effort on Nov. 14, 2014. (Steven R. Smith)
Eliana Scanlon's first game in nearly a year resulted in a 20-point effort on Nov. 14, 2014. (Steven R. Smith)

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Felician College women's basketball team fell behind, 17-2, in an eventual 66-57 non-conference loss to host Southern New Hampshire University on Friday evening at the SNHU Fieldhouse. The game opened the 2014-15 season for both schools.

In her first game in nearly a year after receiving a medical waiver for 2013-14, Felician junior guard Eliana Scanlon (New York, N.Y.) led all players with 20 points. Graduate student Vic Wiseman (Montreal, Quebec) came off the bench to pace Southern New Hampshire with 19 points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes.

A lay-up in transition by senior Loretta Rocha (Espargos, Cape Verde) with six minutes, 19 seconds, elapsed capped SNHU's game-opening spurt. The hosts led by as many as 19 points during the period and 37-22 at halftime. The Penwomen shot 60 percent from the floor in the opening 20 minutes, and held Felician to a mark of 28 percent

The Golden Falcons trimmed an 18-point deficit with 16:22 remaining in the contest down to 55-47 at the 4:44 mark. Still down 11 with 2:36 to play, Felician threw one more scare into the Penwomen, using a four-point possession to pull to within 62-57 at 0:49. But the visitors did not score again the rest of the way.

SNHU finished the night shooting 48 percent, led by Wiseman's 6-for-7 showing. Senior Kaylea Griffin (Green Springs, Ohio) totaled 11 points, 12 rebounds and three steals for the Penwomen, and Rocha also finished with 11 points. Felician senior forward Ashley Morris (West Orange, N.J.) recorded 13 points, 14 rebounds and three steals.

Felician remains in Manchester to take on Saint Anselm College on Saturday at 5 p.m.