Post's Fourth-Quarter Defense Stops Women's Basketball, 63-56

Shyla Osmond (1) scored 16 points in a Feb. 3, 2016, loss at Post University. (Boris Shabovta)
Shyla Osmond (1) scored 16 points in a Feb. 3, 2016, loss at Post University. (Boris Shabovta)
WATERBURY, Conn. – Post University used a 9-0 run in the middle of the fourth quarter and several key late-game defensive stops to earn a 63-56 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball victory over visiting Felician University on Wednesday evening at the Drubner Center. The Eagles (2-20, 2-11 CACC) salvaged a split of the teams' season series.

Junior forward Nicole Sheloski (Hudson Falls, N.Y.) scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds for Post. Sophomore guard Shyla Osmond (New Haven, Conn.) led Felician (2-19, 2-12) with 16 points.

The Golden Falcons led, 46-43, after three quarters, and were still ahead by four points following two Remi Iwelu (Brooklyn, N.Y.) free throws with seven minutes, two seconds, to play in regulation. But the visitors did not score for the next four minutes of game time. The latter of two consecutive three-point field goals by Post sophomore Toni Deren (Greenlawn, N.Y.) gave her team the lead for good, and following a lay-up by Lexus Childs-Harris (New London, Conn.) at the 3:19 mark, the Eagles led, 56-51.

Felician pulled to within a one-point deficit on baskets by Iwelu and Taylor Trotman (East Orange, N.J.), but two Gabriela Middleton (Coral Springs, Fla.) free throws with 2:08 remaining restored a 58-55 edge for the hosts. After Kayla Hourany (Queens, N.Y.) split a pair of foul shots, the Golden Falcons regained possession and had two attempts to tie or move ahead. But the Eagles obtained the stop each time, and Childs-Harris' jumper out of a timeout with 0:22 on the clock helped secure the victory for Post.

The final seven-point edge was the Eagles' largest of the night. Post outscored the Golden Falcons, 20-10, in the final period.

Childs-Harris amassed 13 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. Deren finished with 11 points, canning all three of the Eagles' three-pointers. Post survived the commission of 27 turnovers with a a 42-32 rebounding advantage and a 16-10 scoring edge at the foul line.

Freshman Hannah Johnson (Jersey City, N.J.) scored 10 points for Felician, and Hourany (five rebounds) and Trotman netted eight apiece. Iwelu scored seven points with 10 rebounds and four steals, but had a streak of nine consecutive games with a blocked shot come to an end.

Felician jumped out to a 13-2 lead after six minutes of play, but settled for a 14-10 bulge at the end of the first quarter. Post was ahead, 26-25, at halftime. The game featured seven ties and nine lead changes.

Felician is 2 1/2 games out of playoff position in the CACC North Divison with five games to play.