Women's Basketball Rolls Past GCU, 68-44

Eliana Scanlon had 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds in Saturday's home win over Georgian Court. (Haylee Williams)
Eliana Scanlon had 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds in Saturday's home win over Georgian Court. (Haylee Williams)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Junior guard Eliana Scanlon (New York, N.Y./Oak Hill Academy [Va.]) picked up her first collegiate "double-double" as the Felician College women's basketball team earned a 68-44 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory over visiting Georgian Court University on Saturday afternoon at Job Gymnasium.

Scanlon, playing all 40 minutes, recorded 11 points, a career-high 10 rebounds, and four assists. She was one of four Golden Falcons to score in double figures. Felician (5-16, 4-10 CACC) won for the third consecutive time at home.

Felician shot 43 percent from the floor and held Georgian Court to 30-percent shooting. The Lions converted at a 23-percent clip in the first half, during which the Golden Falcons built a 29-15 lead. GCU committed 23 turnovers, and hurt itself by shooting 35 percent at the foul line (9 for 26).

The Golden Falcons never trailed on the day. They scored the contest's first six points, and opened up a 23-9 lead on a Treanda Foster (Bronx, N.Y./John F. Kennedy) jumper with 7:05 to play in the first half. The hosts were ahead by as many as 16 points in the opening period.

Felician outscored the Lions, 14-4, in the first seven minutes of period two to assume full control of the proceedings. The Golden Falcons were ahead by at least 20 points the rest of the way, taking their largest lead, 62-32, at the 5:00 mark.

Felician senior forward Ashley Morris (West Orange, N.J./West Orange) shot 8 for 12 from the floor. She led all players with 19 points and added nine rebounds. Freshman guard Shyla Osmond (New Haven, Conn./Hillhouse) tallied 15 points and four steals for the Golden Falcons, and senior center Mary Chisholm (West Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon) scored 13 points.

Freshman guard Kiara Colston (Burtonsville, Md./Paint Branch) came off the bench to lead Georgian Court (2-19, 2-12) with 11 points. Senior forward Tahira Matthews (Bloomfield, N.J./Bloomfield) turned in 10 points, 13 rebounds and four steals for the Lions.

Felician moved to within one game of Post University for fourth place in the CACC North Division and the division's league playoff spot. Both teams have five games remaining.