LAKEWOOD, N.J. – The Georgian Court University women's basketball team tailored a 14-2 run over the final 3 ½ minutes to earn a 74-67 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory over visiting Felician University on Tuesday evening at the GCU Wellness Center. Georgian Court (5-11, 3-6 CACC) trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half.
With the loss, Felician (1-15, 1-8) wasted career-best scoring performances by three players. Senior forward Sierra McDuffie (Paterson, N.J.) posted 18 points and five steals, freshman swing player Hannah Johnson (Jersey City, N.J.) netted 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and sophomore forward Treanda Foster (Bronx, N.Y.) tallied 14 points and 14 rebounds.
The Lions received 20 points each from senior swing player Aliyah Berger (Washington, D.C.) (nine rebounds, five steals) and freshman guard Jada Atchinson (Burlington, N.J.) (five assists).
Felician led, 15-10, after one period before extending to a 33-16 edge with four minutes, 14 seconds left in the second quarter. GCU was able to pull to within 37-26 at halftime.
McDuffie scored the first five points of the third quarter to put the Golden Falcons back ahead by 16. Felician led, 45-28, with 6:19 left in the period, and 56-41 at the 2:33 mark, but five points by Jaelyn Tweedy (Richmond, Va.) and two Atchinson free throws allowed the hosts to make it 56-48 heading into the final 10 minutes.
Trailing 63-57, GCU used a three-point field goal from Tweedy to come within one possession of Felician with 5:16 to play. Golden Falcon sophomore Shyla Osmond's (New Haven, Conn.) jumper restored a five-point edge at the 3:41 mark, but the Felician offense then went cold, going 1 for 8 with three turnovers and no free-throw attempts for the duration of the contest. GCU tied the game at 65-65 on a Berger lay-up with 2:09 to play, and took the lead for good at 1:08 on a steal and lay-up by Atchinson. The final seven-point margin matched the Lions' largest of the night.
GCU converted 27 Felician turnovers into 23 points. The Lions also shot 90 percent (18 for 20) at the foul line). Tweedy finished with 18 points. Golden Falcon senior Eliana Scanlon (New York, N.Y.) totaled 18 points, six rebounds and four steals.