Regionally-Ranked NYIT Women Defeat Felician, 65-47

Marta Moix scored 10 points in Felician's Nov. 20, 2016, setback to NYIT. (Steven R. Smith))
Marta Moix scored 10 points in Felician's Nov. 20, 2016, setback to NYIT. (Steven R. Smith))

ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – The Felician University women's basketball concluded play in the two-day, four-team Dominican (N.Y.) College Regina Rivera Memorial tournament with a 65-47 non-conference loss to New York Institute of Technology on Sunday afternoon on the Hennessy Center's Coach Baxter Court.

NYIT (4-1) is ranked tied for 10th in the most recent NCAA Division II East Region media poll.

The Bears, who owned a 47-36 rebounding advantage, received double-doubles from freshman forward Marget Knollmeyer (Hampton, N.H.) (17 points, 10 rebounds) and senior swing player Shanon Duer (Islip, N.Y.) (10 points, 12 rebounds). Duer scored her 1,000th career point late in the first half. Junior forward Marya Trapp (Red Bank, N.J.) paced Felician with 13 points and nine boards.

Sunday's first half featured five ties and nine lead changes. The entire first quarter was played with the teams within one possession of one another, with Felician (0-5) emerging with a 14-11 edge.

A jumper by Kristin Smith (Hainesport, N.J.) on the Golden Falcons' first possession of period two game her team its largest lead of the day. The Bears responded with a 7-0 run, but consecutive lay-ups by Felician junior Shana Owen (Philadelphia, Pa.) put the Golden Falcons' back on top, 20-18, with 6:17 left in the half.

With the score tied, 22-22, a jump shot by senior Sofia Georgiadi (Athens, Greece) gave NYIT the lead it would never relinquish. The Bears finished the quarter on a 9-2 spurt to carry a 31-24 edge into halftime.  

After Felician cut its deficit to 33-32 early in the third period, Shanice Allen (Riverhead, N.Y.) made a three-point field goal to give the Bears some breathing room. Once again NYIT finished the quarter strong, keeping Felician off the scoreboard for a four-minute stretch until two late free throws by Marta Moix (Madrid, Spain) left the Golden Falcons behind, 49-37, after the third.

Felician never came closer than a nine-point hole in the final 10 minutes. The Golden Falcons were held without a field goal for the final 5 ½ minutes as the Bears pulled away for the 18-point ending margin. Felician's comeback attempts were hampered by a 6-of-20 figure (30 percent) at the foul line.

Allen finished the day with 14 ponits, eight rebounds and four assists. For the Golden Falcons, Moix netted 10 points with four assists, and Kameron Stone (Bronx, N.Y.) turned in nine points.

Felician plays for the third time in four days when it travels to Concordia (N.Y.) College for a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference affair on Tuesday at 5 p.m.