Women's Basketball Downed By Dominican In Home Opener

Shyla Osmond scored 11 points with four steals in a Nov. 24, 2015, home loss to Dominican. (Haylee Williams)
Shyla Osmond scored 11 points with four steals in a Nov. 24, 2015, home loss to Dominican. (Haylee Williams)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University was limited to 25 points in each half in its 70-50 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball loss to visiting Dominican (N.Y.) College on Tuesday evening at Job Gymnasium. The game marked Felician's 2015-16 home opener, as well as its first CACC contest of the season.

Felician (0-5, 0-1 CACC) had trouble holding down the effectiveness of Dominican senior swing player Deja Gabbidon (Teaneck, N.J./Teaneck). In 36 minutes of action, Gabbidon posted 25 points, 19 rebounds, and four blocked shots. She shot 10 for 18 from the floor, including 2 of 2 from distance, and added three assists and one steal to her line.

Sophomore guard Shyla Osmond (New Haven, Conn./Hillhouse) topped the Golden Falcons with 11 points and four steals in 22 minutes off the bench. Felician received nine points and six rebounds from redshirt freshman Kayla Hourany (Maspeth, N.Y./St. Francis Prep).

Felician trailed, 17-7, in the middle stages of the opening period before closing the quarter dowhn only 19-18. Dominican, however, held the Golden Falcons to seven second-quarter points and went into halftime with a 34-25 lead. Gabbidon had already posted 20 points and 11 rebounds at intermission.

The Chargers took full control in period three, maintaining their nine-point lead for the first five minutes before closing the quarter with an 11-3 run for a 52-35 advantage. Felician never came closer than an 16-point deficit in the final 10 minutes. Dominican took its largest lead, 68-45, on a Taylor Nelson (Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway) jumper with 1:36 remaining.

Felician was held to 27-percent shooting from the floor, and made only 14 of 28 free-throw attempts. Golden Falcon junior Taylor Trotman (East Orange, N.J./University) scored a season-high eight points, and freshman Kameron Stone (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman) finished with seven points and 10 rebounds.

Junior guard Shannon McGill (Staten Island, N.Y./Curtis) scored 14 points for Dominican. McGill made 4 of 8 three-point attempts.

Both teams were playing for the third time in four days.