Slow Start Dooms Women's Basketball In 72-61 Loss At Bowie State

Eliana Scanlon totaled 14 points, six rebounds and four assists in a Nov. 29, 2015, loss at Bowie State. (Dave Schofield)
Eliana Scanlon totaled 14 points, six rebounds and four assists in a Nov. 29, 2015, loss at Bowie State. (Dave Schofield)

BOWIE, Md. – Felician University trailed, 7-0, after four minutes and 18-7 at the end of the first period in its 72-61 non-conference women's basketball loss to host Bowie State University on Sunday afternoon at A.C. Jordan Arena.

Bowie State sophomore guard Kiara Colston (Burtonsville, Md.) led all players with 22 points and added four assists. The Bulldogs also received 18 points from sophomore guard Kyah Proctor (Capital Heights, Md.). Senior guard Eliana Scanlon (New York, N.Y.) turned in 14 points, six rebounds and four assists for Felician (0-6).

The Golden Falcons trailed, 10-3, with four minutes, 11 seconds, left in the opening quarter after Proctor's three-point field goal. Felician came back with a Treanda Foster (Bronx, N.Y.) lay-up at the 3:47 mark, but it was their last field goal of the quarter. The Bulldogs scored the next eight points before a pair of Sierra McDuffie (Paterson, N.J.) free throws made it 18-7 after one.

BSU took its largest lead of the day, 25-8, on a Colston lay-up with 8:17 left before halftime. Felician came back to within a six-point deficit with 2:32 to play before trailing, 35-26, at intermission. The Golden Falcons were limited to 26 percent shooting from the floor in the first half.

The Bulldogs maintained an edge of between eight and 12 points throughout the third quarter. In the fourth, consecutive baskets by Foster and Alex Salaycik (Staten Island, N.Y.) pulled the Golden Falcons to within 58-55 and 4:46 to play. But BSU put the game away with a 7-0 run over the next two minutes of game time, and the visitors never came closer than eight points away in the final 2:27.

Shyla Osmond (New Haven, Conn.) scored 13 points with three steals for Felician, and Kameron Stone (Bronx, N.Y.) totaled 10 points and eight rebounds. Felician was out-rebounded by a 49-36 tally, and hampered its efforts with a 17-of-33 (.515) performance at the foul line.

Bowie State forward Ashley Jennings (Newark, N.J.) had nine points and 12 rebounds.

Felician gets back into Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference action when it hosts Post University at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Rutherford.