Women's Basketball Is Defeated By Bridgeport After Sluggish First Period

Marya Trapp turned in 14 points, 14 rebound and five blocks despite a loss to Bridgeport on Nov. 19, 2016. (Steven R. Smith)
Marya Trapp turned in 14 points, 14 rebound and five blocks despite a loss to Bridgeport on Nov. 19, 2016. (Steven R. Smith)

ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – Felician University fell behind, 18-4, after six minutes and never fully recovered, losing, 83-68, to the University of Bridgeport in non-conference women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon on the Hennessy Center's Coach Baxter Court. The game was played during Day 1 of the two-day, four-team Regina Rivera Memorial Tournament, hosted by Dominican (N.Y.) College.

Junior forward Marya Trapp (Red Bank, N.J.) topped four double-figure scorers for Felician (0-4), posting 14 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots. Bridgeport junior Aurelie Leblanc-Florent (Longueuil, Quebec) scored a game-high 17 points.

With the scored tied, 2-2, in the early going, a three-point field goal by Leblanc-Florent touched off a 13-0 run for the Purple Knights. A trey by Camera Miley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) gave Bridgeport an 18-4 lead and put Felician in catch-up mode for the rest of the day. A first-quarter buzzer-beating lay-up by Anastasia Williams (Central Islip, N.Y.) gave Bridgeport a 23-8 lead.

The Purple Knights' edge hovered between 15 and 21 points during the second stanza. The Golden Falcons closed the half with a three by Trapp and a Safiyyah Lee (Voorhees, N.J.) transition lay-up, but Bridgeport carried a 38-22 spread into halftime.

Felician was unable to make a serious dent into its deficit in the second half. Bridgeport assumed its largest lead of the day, 55-31, on two Williams foul shots with 2:29 left in the third period, and was ahead, 59-41, at quarter's end. The Golden Falcons came as close as 13 points down in period four, but by then, only two minutes remained.

Williams totaled 16 points and eight rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench for Bridgeport (2-1), which owned a 51-39 edge on the glass. Camera finished with 15 points and seven assists.

Redshirt freshman Kristin Smith (Hainesport, N.J.) (6-6 FG) and Lee (six rebounds four steals) each netted 12 points for Felician. Junior guard Shana Owen (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored 11 points.

Felician concludes its stay in the event on Sunday, with a 3 p.m. non-league matchup against New York Institute of Technology in Orangeburg.