Women's Basketball Falls Short Of Holy Family, 56-48

Felician women's basketball received a season-high 23 points and eight rebounds from Eliana Scanlon in a Jan. 3, 2015, home loss to Holy Famiy. (Dave Schofield)
Felician women's basketball received a season-high 23 points and eight rebounds from Eliana Scanlon in a Jan. 3, 2015, home loss to Holy Famiy. (Dave Schofield)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Junior guard Eliana Scanlon (New York, N.Y./Oak Hill Academy [Va.]) scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds, but she and her Felician College teammates were defeated, 56-48, by visiting Holy Family University in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball action Saturday afternoon at Job Gymnasium.

After slicing a 10-point second-half deficit to 46-41 with 10 minutes, 26 seconds, to play in regulation time, Felician (1-12, 0-6 CACC) went cold on offense. The Golden Falcons saw more than six minutes of game time pass before their next field goal, but Holy Family could only stretch its lead to 52-44 during that spell. Consecutive Scanlon buckets brought the hosts back within four at the 2:39 mark, then Felician did not score again for the duration of the contest. The Tigers went 4 for 4 at the foul line in the final 32 seconds to secure the victory.

Junior Erin Fenningham (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Basil Academy) and sophomore Jill Conroy (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Ford) tallied 15 points apiece for HFU. Tiger senior center Kasey Woetzel (Wyckoff, N.J./Ramapo) scored 10 points with 11 rebounds, and was one of three visiting players to reach double-digits on the boards. Holy Family (8-6, 5-1) amassed a 64-45 rebounding edge.

In a nip-and-tuck first half, the Golden Falcons and Tigers were never separated by more than two possessions. HFU assumed its largest lead of the period on a Reagan Jewell (Winooski, Vt./Rice Memorial) putback with 2:19 left, but Felician senior Ashley Morris (West Orange, N.J./West Orange) beat the closing buzzer with a successful jump shot to pull the hosts to within 29-26 at the break. The Golden Falcons led, 31-30, following a Shyla Osmond (New Haven, Conn./HS in the Community) steal and lay-up with 19:04 to play, but HFU gained separation by scoring the game's next 11 points.

Osmond finished with 13 points and five steals for Felician, while Morris put up seven points and 13 rebounds in 30 minutes off the bench. Freshman forward Treanda Foster (Bronx, N.Y./John F. Kennedy) bolstered the Golden Falcon defense with 13 rebounds and three blocked shots. 

Felician was playing for the first time since Dec. 20, and in its first home cotest in more than three weeks. The Golden Falcons continue a three-game homestand by entertaining defending CACC champion Bloomfield College on Wednesday.