CALDWELL, N.J. – Caldwell University never trailed in earning an 85-76 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball victory over visiting Felician College on Wednesday evening at the George R. Newman Center. Senior forward Ashley Morris (West Orange, N.J.) scored a career-high 25 points for Felician.
Morris also grabbed eight rebounds, inching closer to Golden Falcon history in the process. She moved her career rebound total to 668, passing Jessica Ford for second place on Felician's all-time list. She is 12 rebounds away from former teammate Trina Plummer's school record.
Caldwell (12-10, 9-4 CACC) received 23 points and 19 rebounds from senior forward Emily Caswell (Wakefield, R.I.). Caswell, who earned a "double-double" well before halftime, is the top rebounder in the CACC this season. The victory allowed the Cougars to sweep its two-game season series from Felician.
A three-point field goal by freshman Kristen Droglser (Middle Village, N.Y.) gave Caldwell a 13-4 lead after 2 ½ minutes of play. The hosts stretched to as much as a 12-point lead in the opening period before taking a 44-34 edge into the locker room.
Baskets by Golden Falcons Shyla Osmond (New Haven, Conn.) and Mary Chisholm (West Babylon, N.Y.) pulled the visitors to within 44-38 with 18:53 left in regulation. But that was as close as Felician (4-16, 3-10) would come the rest of the night. The Golden Falcons chopped a 14-point deficit to nine on an Osmond three-pointer followed by a Morris lay-up at the 7:38 mark, only to see the Cougars score the next 10 points for a 75-56 advantage and 5:45 to play. Felician used a late 12-0 run to get back to a six-point deficit at 1:06, but Caldwell went 9 for 10 at the foul line in the final minute.
Junior guard Eliana Scanlon (New York, N.Y.) recorded 21 points and six rebounds for Felician. Scanlon also dished out a season-high nine assists and committed just one turnover. The Golden Falcons were defeated despite a season-low eight turnovers on offense. Osmond ended up with 12 points and Chisholm netted 11.
Both teams relied heavily on their starters. The Caldwell bench scored two points in a combined 40 minutes, while Felician's came up with three points in 17 minutes.
Caldwell canned 10 three-point field goals, including five by Antoinette Pilla (Scarsdale, N.Y.), who matched Caswell with 23 points. Drogsler (8-12 FG) scored 20 points with nine rebounds and four assists.
With six games remaining, Felician remained two games out of playoff position in the CACC North Division. After three consecutive road contests, the Golden Falcons host Georgian Court University on Saturday afternoon.