RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Bloomfield College women's basketball team survived a late charge by Felician College to earn a 60-56 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory over the host Golden Falcons on Wednesday evening at Job Gymnasium.
Bloomfield junior guard Ariel Wilson (Chesapeake, Va./Lake Taylor) led all scorers with 21 points and added seven rebounds. Felician (1-13, 0-7 CACC) received 19 points from freshman guard Shyla Osmond (New Haven, Conn./Hillhouse). Golden Falcon junior forward Ashley Morris (West Orange, N.J./West Orange) turned in 16 points and 10 rebounds for her sixth "double-double" of the season.
The Bears were victorious despite shooting 42 percent (14 for 33) from the free-throw line, including 3 for 8 in the final 45 seconds. Felician, which trailed, 59-47, with 4:00 remaining and was still down six at the 0:43 mark, pulled to within 59-56 at 0:19 on consecutive Eliana Scanlon (New York, N.Y./Oak Hill Academy [Va.]) driving lay-ups. After Bloomfield missed a pair of free throws, Scanlon was denied on a third drive to the basket. The Golden Falcons fouled again, and Bear junior Iman Williams (Chesapeake, Va./Deep Creek) made the second of two shots to secure the victory.
Felician, which never led, found itself behind by 15 with 4:01 left in the first half before ending the period with a 12-3 run to go into halftime behind, 34-28. Bloomfield was in front by as many as 10 points on three occasions in the second period, and was ahead, 56-47, with 4:43 to play before the Golden Falcons' late charge.
Morgan Taylor (Paterson, N.J./John F. Kennedy) (seven assists) and Tianna Smith (Nanuet, N.Y./Paramus Catholic) scored 10 points apiece for Bloomfield (7-5, 5-1). Senior center Tierra Scott (Bear, Del./Appoquinimink) paced the Bear defense with 15 rebounds and four blocked shots. Scanlon totaled 13 points and three steals for the Golden Falcons.
Bloomfield held Felician to 30-percent shooting from the floor and forced 25 Golden Falcon turnovers. The Bears were able to overcome 26 of their own miscues, in part by canning 8 of 18 three-point attempts (44 percent).
Felician concludes a three-game homestand by entertaining Concordia (N.Y.) College on Saturday afternoon.