With Slow Second Half, Women's Basketball Succumbs To First-Place Rams

Alex Salaycik had season highs of 12 points and five rebounds in a Jan. 9, 2016, loss at Philadelphia University. (Steven R. Smith)
Alex Salaycik had season highs of 12 points and five rebounds in a Jan. 9, 2016, loss at Philadelphia University. (Steven R. Smith)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician University women's basketball team was tied with host Philadelphia University, 34-34, at halftime before falling to the Rams, 76-54, in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference action Saturday afternoon at the Gallagher Center. Philadelphia (11-5, 7-0 CACC) is in first place in the CACC South Division.

Graduate swing player Alex Salaycik (Staten Island, N.Y.) recorded season highs of 12 points and five rebounds for Felician (1-14, 1-7). Golden Falcon sophomore guard Shyla Osmond (New Haven, Conn./Hillhouse) also scored 12 points.

A Salaycik three-point field goal and a putback by Treanda Foster (Bronx, N.Y.) gave Felician its largest lead of the day, 34-27, with three minutes, 45 seconds remaining in the second quarter. However, the visitors did not score again for the duration of the half, and Philadelphia sophomore Kelsey Jones (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) tallied the final seven points of the period to even the score heading into intermission.

The Golden Falcons went back ahead, 42-36, with 7:04 left in the third quarter. But the Rams fashioned a 14-1 run over the next four-plus minutes of game time, with the last six points coming from senior Tori Arnao (Newtown, Pa.), to take the lead for good. Philadelphia was ahead, 55-47, after three periods, then put the game away by outscoring Felician, 9-0, over the first 5 ½ minutes of the fourth. The final 22-point margin was the Rams' largest of the day. Philadelphia wound up with a 21-7 scoring advantage for the fourth period.

The Rams put five scorers in double figures, led by 16 points from senior forward Mary Newell (Lansdale, Pa.). Bria Young (Philadelphia, Pa.) (seven rebounds) and Rachel Day (Horsham, Pa.) (4-7 3FG) netted 14 points apiece, and Arnao finished with 12 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, and four steals. Jones scored 10 points in 12 minutes off the bench.

Philadelphia out-rebounded the Golden Falcons, 44-28. Its 21-10 edge on the offensive glass led to a 21-6 differential in second-chance points. The Rams also outscored Felician, 23-3, at the foul line.

Felician received eight points from Eliana Scanlon (New York, N.Y.) and seven from Sierra McDuffie (Paterson, N.J.).