ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – St. Thomas Aquinas College extended a one-point halftime lead into a 69-51 non-conference women's basketball victory over Felician University on Saturday afternoon at the Hennessy Center's Coach Baxter Court. The game was played during the first day of the two-day, four-team Regina Rivera Memorial Tournament, hosted by Dominican (N.Y.) College.
St. Thomas Aquinas (4-0) defeated Felician for the second time in eight days. Spartan sophomore Jenna Erickson (Melrose, N.Y.) led all players with 20 points. Sophomore guard Shyla Osmond (New Haven, Conn.) came off the bench to record 19 points, five rebounds and four steals for Felician. Both players canned five three-point field goals.
The Golden Falcons (0-3) were held scoreless for the final three minutes, 56 seconds, of the opening period. A buzzer-beating three-pointer by Erickson allowed STAC to finished the quarter with a 14-8 lead. The Spartans led by as many as nine points in period No. 2, but a Sierra McDuffie (Paterson, N.J.) three kick-started an 11-4 Felician run over the final three minutes of the first half. STAC led, 26-25, at halftime.
Felician never led, but stayed within a six-point deficit until the final 1:46 of the third period, when STAC scored the quarter's final six points for a 45-37 advantage. Period four belonged to the Spartans, as STAC used a 10-2 quarter-opening run for a 55-39 edge with 5:50 to play. The Spartans led by as many as 26 points in the closing minutes before the Golden Falcons closed with an 8-0 spurt for the final margin.
STAC survived 23 turnovers by limiting the Golden Falcons to 29-percent shooting from the floor and building a 49-25 rebounding advantage on the day. The Spartans out-shot Felician, 55-25 percent, after halftime.
Sophomore Alex Bertolino (Garnerville, N.Y.) totaled 15 points and classmate Adiya Henderson (Troy, N.Y.) turned in nine points and six rebounds for St. Thomas Aquinas. Felician senior guard Eliana Scanlon (New York, N.Y.) accumulated 10 points, nine assists and three steals.
The event continues on Sunday. Felician takes on Mercy College at 3 p.m., after Dominican entertains STAC.