RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University trimmed a 15-point fourth-quarter lead to four before losing to visiting Dominican (N.Y.) College, 68-63 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball action on Tuesday evening at Job Gymnasium.
Senior forward Stefani Alston (West Orange, N.J./Mount Saint Dominic Academy) led Dominican (1-7, 1-2 CACC) with 16 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Freshman forward Safiyyah Lee (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Regional) turned in a season-best 16 points, nine rebounds and four steals for Felician.
The Golden Falcons (1-8, 1-4) trailed, 16-12, after one period, and by the same margin, 26-22 at halftime. Felician closed to within two points on three occasions early in the third quarter, the last time following a Treanda Foster (Bronx, N.Y./John F. Kennedy) lay-up with 6:19 left in the period. But the Chargers opened some breathing room by scoring the next seven points. Dominican went ahead by 11 following a Sarah Ismail (Clifton, N.J./St. Mary's) bucket with 2:07 left, and completed the quarter with a 47-37 edge.
A conventional three-point play by Charger senior Lisa Bouffard (Wallkill, N.Y./Wallkill) gave the visitors their largest spread of the night, 57-42, and 4:58 left in regulation time. At the 2:13 mark, Dominican still led by 12. But Felician came within five on a Danelle Gibson (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman) three-pointer at 0:48.
The Chargers went 4 for 4 at the foul line for a 66-57 edge, but as time wound down, Golden Falcon junior Marya Trapp (Red Bank, N.J./Red Bank Regional) scored, made a steal, and buried a deep three to make it 67-63. However, just over four ticks remained as the ball went through the hoop, and the hosts could make no further inroads.
Bouffard totaled 14 points and six rebounds for the Chargers, who amassed a 48-34 edge on the glass. Dominican junior Rebecca Rabeiro (Midland Park, N.J./Midland Park) ended the night with 12 points. Junior Marta Moix (Madrid, Spain/John Carroll School [Md.]) turned in a season-high 16 points and Trapp scored 11 for Felician.
The Golden Falcons continue a four-game homestand with another CACC North Division contest on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Nyack College.