SPARKILL, N.Y. – Felician University erased a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit, but could not hold off the University of the District of Columbia in a 59-56 non-conference women's basketball loss to the Firebirds during Day 2 of the Spartan Conference Challenge, hosted by St. Thomas Aquinas College at Aquinas Hall, on Saturday afternoon.
Felician senior guard Eliana Scanlon (New York, N.Y.) nailed a jump shot to put her team ahead, 56-55, with 29 seconds to play in regulation time. But the Golden Falcons were stopped on their final two possessions. UDC senior guard Tajruba Baldwin-Kollore (Newport News, Va.) made a go-ahead jumper in the paint at 0:20, then converted what proved to be the clinching free throws at the 0:04 mark.
Sophomore Shyla Osmond (New Haven, Conn.) led the Golden Falcons (0-2) with 15 points and three steals. Scanlon finished with 11 points. Baldwin-Kollore topped all scorers with 16 points.
The teams were even, 9-9, after the first period, and the Firebirds (1-1) took a 23-20 lead into the locker room at halftime. Still ahead by that same three-point margin, UDC outscored Felician, 9-0, in the last 1:40 of the third quarter, capped by a three-point field goal by Tiara Goode (Brentwood, N.Y.), to lead, 44-32.
Felician however, began the fourth quarter with a 20-4 run over the first 6 ½ minutes, topped off by a Taylor Trotman (East Orange, N.J.) three-pointer, to assume a four-point advantage. The Firebirds rebounded to tally the next seven points, including five by Baldwin-Kollore. A pair of Osmond free throws ended the spurt, and three possessions later, Scanlon's jumper set up the final sequence.
Felician held the Firebirds to 31-percent shooting from the floor, but UDC amassed a 52-29 rebounding advantage. The Firebirds' margin of 29-9 on the offensive boards led to a 27-2 edge in second-chance points. Tatyana Calhoun (Disputanta, Va.) totaled 12 points and nine boards and Goode netted nine points with 10 rebounds for UDC.
Felician received nine points and six rebounds from sophomore forward Treanda Foster (Bronx, N.Y.).