Women's Hoops Team Can't Get Started In Loss At Pace

Eliana Scanlon totaled 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in a Dec. 20, 2014, loss at Pace. (Dave Schofield)
Eliana Scanlon totaled 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in a Dec. 20, 2014, loss at Pace. (Dave Schofield)

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The Felician College women's basketball team concluded non-conference play for the 2014-15 season with a 72-51 loss to host Pace University on Saturday afternoon at the Goldstein Fitness Center.

Pace (5-6) got off to strong starts in each half, and added a strong perimeter offense to upend the Golden Falcons. The Setters made 12 three-pointers, nearly half of their 25 field goals on the day, and shot 40 percent from distance. Freshman guard Gabriella Rubin (Staten Island, N.Y.) was 5 for 10 from long range and topped Pace with 17 points.

Freshman guard Shyla Osmond (New Haven, Conn.) recorded 20 points, six rebounds and four steals for Felician (1-11). The Golden Falcons also received 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists from junior guard Eliana Scanlon (New York, N.Y.).

Pace, which never trailed, opened the contest with an 18-5 run over the first 5 ½ minutes, behind eight points from Rubin and seven more by Rachel Dortch (Columbus, N.J.). The Golden Falcons tallied 10 of the game's next 12 points to slice their deficit to five, and would get as close as 28-24 before the Setters scored on their final two possessions of the period for a 32-24 halftime lead.

After the teams traded three-pointers early in the second half, the offenses went cold. The score remained 35-27 in favor of the hosts for more than 5 ½ minutes of game time, before a Dortch lay-up ended the spell. Pace was still ahead by 10 before putting together a 10-0 run for a 52-32 edge with exactly 10 minutes left to play, having held Felician to eight second-half points in that stretch.

The Setters led by as many as 25 points on three occasions, the last time at 67-42 with 4:40 to play.

Pace rolled up a 58-43 rebounding advantage and topped the Golden Falcons, 25-9, in second-chance points. Junior forward Yuni Sher (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) scored 10 points and led the setters with 14 rebounds and four assists. Freshman Eva Hart (Manasquan, N.J.) came off the bench to record 11 points and five rebounds, and Dortch finished with nine points and six boards.

Senior Ashley Morris (West Orange, N.J.) totaled 11 points and eight rebounds for Felician. 5-foot-4 classmate Sharnese Scott (Bowie, Md.) grabbed a career-best eight rebounds.

Felician went 1-6 in its non-league slate, and starts a season-ending string of 14 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference games when it hosts Holy Family University on Jan. 3.