Women's Basketball Loses Ground In CACC Playoff Race

Ashley Morris is the first female Golden Falcon to reach 700 career rebounds. (Dave Schofield)
Ashley Morris is the first female Golden Falcon to reach 700 career rebounds. (Dave Schofield)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician College women's basketball team lost important ground in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference playoff race with an 83-65 CACC loss to visiting Wilmington (Del.) University on Saturday afternoon at Job Gymnasium.

Felician's loss, coupled with Post University's road victory over Chestnut Hill College, left the Golden Falcons (5-18, 4-12 CACC) 1 ½ games behind Post, with three to play, for fourth place in the CACC North Division, and the division's final playoff spot that comes with it. Felician is tied for fifth in the division with Concordia (N.Y.) College.

Felician senior forward Ashley Morris (West Orange, N.J./West Orange) shot 7 for 11 from the floor and totaled 17 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. In the process, she became the first female Golden Falcon to ever amass 700 career rebounds.

Junior guard Eliana Scanlon (New York, N.Y./Oak Hill Academy [Va.]) topped Felician with 19 points. Wilmington sophomore guard Zameria Jones (Joppa, Md./Joppatowne) led all scorers with 27 points in 29 minutes.

Wildcat junior Tenicia Spence (Baltimore, Md./Western) canned a three-point field goal that gave the visitors the lead for good, 15-13, with nine minutes, one second, left in the first half. The shot touched off a 13-4 Wilmington run. The Wildcats were ahead by as many as 12 points with 2:13 to play in the half before settling for a 40-30 halftime advantage.

Felician cut a 14-point second-half deficit to 52-48 with 13:13 left in regulation time following a pair of Scanlon free throws. But Wilmington (8-17, 6-11) used a 9-0 spurt in the middle of the second half to restore its 14-point edge. The Golden Falcons never returned to within single digits in the game's final seven minutes.

Felician committed 29 turnovers on the day, which the Wildcats converted into 28 points. Jones was the only double-figure scorer for Wilmington, which saw 13 players enter the scoring column. Felician freshman Shyla Osmond (New Haven, Conn./Hillhouse) netted 13 points.

Felician celebrated its annual Play 4Kay Day, and solicited donations for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund throughout the afternoon.