Scanlon Scores 24 In Loss To First-Place Devils

Eliana Scanlon scored 24 points in Felician's loss to USciences on Jan. 31, 2015. (Dave Schofield)
Eliana Scanlon scored 24 points in Felician's loss to USciences on Jan. 31, 2015. (Dave Schofield)

PHILADELPHIA – Felician College junior guard Eliana Scanlon (New York, N.Y.) scored 24 points, but the Golden Falcons lost to the host University of the Sciences, 75-59, in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball action Saturday afternoon at Bobby Morgan Arena. USciences (15-4, 11-1 CACC), which won its 13th consecutive game, is ranked No. 7 in the most recent NCAA Division II East Region media poll.

The Devils helped cause 22 Felician turnovers, which they turned into 33 points. Senior swing player Brianne Traub (Wayne, N.J.) had a game-high four steals to go along with 15 points and six rebounds for the hosts. USciences, meanwhile, committed just nine miscues. The Devils also outscored the Golden Falcons, 30-0, off the bench, led by 15 points and seven rebounds from freshman forward Colleen Walsh (Downingtown, Pa.).

The lead changed hands seven times in the first 7 ½ minutes of action. A lay-up by USciences senior Kaitlyn Schmid (Howell, N.J.) with 12:23 left in the first half gave her team the lead for good, and touched off a 14-2 Devil run. USciences parlayed that spurt into a 36-27 halftime lead.

Still trailing by eight with 9:44 to play in regulation time, Felician (4-15, 3-9) tallied the game's next six points. Down by two with the ball, however, the Golden Falcons turned it over, and Walsh nailed a three-point field goal at the 7:09 mark. Felician did not score again until a Scanlon three-point play with 1:31 to play, by which time it trailed, 71-56. The Devils netted 19 of the game's final 24 points.

Freshman Shlya Osmond (New Haven, Conn.) scored 12 points for Felician, and senior Ashley Morris (West Orange, N.J.) finished with 10 points and eight rebounds. The Golden Falcons received six points, 11 boards and three assists from senior center Mary Chisholm (West Babylon, N.Y.). Isabella Ross (Philadelphia, Pa.) totaled 11 points, all in the first half, and added seven rebounds in 19 minutes for USciences.

Felician is two games out of playoff position in the CACC North Division with seven to play. The Golden Falcons travel to Caldwell University on Wednesday.