Women's Basketball Survives At Concordia To End Skid

Freshman Safiyyah Lee (13) had 15 points and 11 rebounds in a Nov. 22, 2016, victory at Concordia. (Steven R. Smith)
Freshman Safiyyah Lee (13) had 15 points and 11 rebounds in a Nov. 22, 2016, victory at Concordia. (Steven R. Smith)

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – The Felician University women's basketball team survived a late scare from host Concordia (N.Y.) College to earn a 53-52 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory over the Clippers on Tuesday evening at the Meyer Athletic Center.

Freshman forward Safiyyah Lee (Voorhees, N.J.) earned her first collegiate "double-double" for Felician, turning in 15 points and 11 rebounds in 28 minutes. Lee tallied the final six of the Golden Falcons' 10 fourth-quarter points to help her team hold off Concordia.

Felician (1-5, 1-1 CACC) led by as many as 11 points in the second quarter and 28-21 at halftime. The Golden Falcons were ahead by 10 points on four occasions in the third period, but the Clippers picked up the last two baskets of the quarter to trail, 43-37.

A jump shot by Marya Trapp (Red Bank, N.J.) gave the visitors a 47-40 edge with six minutes, 31 seconds, to play in regulation time. Concordia responded with three-point field goals from Jessica Rosalbo (Staten Island, N.Y) and Julianne Wilkinson (Red Hook, N.Y.) to pull within one at the 5:36 mark, but Lee scored the game's next five points to restore a six-point advantage with 3:25 to play.

Felician, however, did not record another field the rest of the night and was forced to hang on. The Clippers cut their deficit to 52-50 before Lee split a pair of three throws. A pair of makes at the line by Concordia junior Hadiyah Black (Brooklyn, N.Y.) pulled her team back within one point, and out of a timeout, a Brianna Hendrick (Valley Stream, N.Y.) steal gave possession back to the hosts at 0:17. But the Clippers, who had not led since 8-7, misfired on three potential go-ahead shots on their final possession, all contested by the Golden Falcons.

Rosalbo led all scorers with 17 points and Wilkinson totaled 14 for Concordia (0-5, 0-1). Felician received 10 points and four blocked shots from Trapp, while Marta Moix (Madrid, Spain) scored all nine of her points before halftime. Felician was playing for the fourth time in seven days.

Dating back to last season, the Golden Falcons ended losing streaks of 12 games overall, five in non-neutral road games and eight in CACC play. Felician's last victory came on Jan. 26, also against the Clippers in Bronxville.

The Golden Falcons are off until traveling to Post University on Nov. 30.