Women's Basketball Halts Skid With 43-38 Win At Concordia

Eliana Scanlon's 18 points led Felician to a 43-38 win at Concordia on Jan. 26, 2016. (Steven R. Smith)
Eliana Scanlon's 18 points led Felician to a 43-38 win at Concordia on Jan. 26, 2016. (Steven R. Smith)

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – The Felician University women's basketball team turned in its strongest defensive performance of the season in its 43-38 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory over host Concordia (N.Y.) College on Tuesday evening at the Meyer Athletic Center. Felician gained a split of its CACC season series with the Clippers.

The Golden Falcons (2-17, 2-10 CACC) put a halt to an 11-game losing streak, winning for the first time since Dec. 2. Felician was also victorious for the first time in 12 tries away from home this season (including three neutral sites). The last road win for the Golden Falcons came on Feb. 24, 2015, also at Concordia.

Senior guard Eliana Scanlon (New York, N.Y.) paced Felician on Tuesday, leading all players with 18 points. Golden Falcon freshman swing player Hannah Johnson (Jersey City, N.J.) netted 10 points with six rebounds.

Defensively, Felician held Concordia (3-15, 1-10) to 24-percent shooting from the floor, including 0 for 14 from three-point range. The Golden Falcons forced 16 turnovers, which they turned into 12 points, and blocked 10 Clipper shots, including a season-high seven by freshman center Remi Iwelu (Brooklyn, N.Y.). Iwelu added six points and 10 rebounds to her line. Felician limited an opponent to fewer than 40 points for the first time since a 66-34 home victory over Chestnut Hill College on Feb. 22, 2014.

The Golden Falcons, who never trailed, were ahead, 14-8, after one quarter and 23-14 at halftime. They took their largest lead, 25-14, on two Johnson free throws in the opening minute of the third period.

Leading 31-26, at the end of the third, Felician saw the Clippers pull to within a three-point deficit after two free throws by Julianne Wilkinson (Red Hook, N.Y.) with nine minutes, 46 seconds, left in regulation. But Felician graduate student Alex Salaycik (Staten Island, N.Y.) canned the game's only three-pointer at the 8:48 mark. Hadiyah Black (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored at 8:08 for Concordia, and the 34-30 score held for nearly three minutes of clock time.

With her team clinging to a 36-34 edge, Scanlon drove to the basket for a conventional three-point play at the 3:20 mark. Each team could only come up with a field goal apiece as the clock wound under one minute and the visitors still ahead by five. But Wilkinson got free in the paint for a lay-up at 0:55, and after running the shot clock down, the Golden Falcons turned the ball over at the 0:26 mark.

The Clippers missed on a tying three-point attempt and on a putback. Khadijah Donaldson (Valley Stream, N.Y.) grabbed Concordia's second offensive rebound of the possession and was fouled with 0:11 to play. Donaldson missed both of her foul shot attempts, however, and Scanlon made a pair on the other end to secure the Felician victory.

Wilkinson led Concordia with 10 points off the bench. Brianna Hendrick (Valley Stream, N.Y.) amassed eight points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Treanda Foster (Bronx, N.Y.) had a game-high 13 rebounds for Felician.