Fourth-Quarter Comeback Nets Women's Basketball Second Win In Row

Danelle Gibson scored a career-high 20 points in Felician's come-from-behind victory at Dominican on Jan. 16, 2017. (Steven R. Smith)
Danelle Gibson scored a career-high 20 points in Felician's come-from-behind victory at Dominican on Jan. 16, 2017. (Steven R. Smith)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Junior forward Marya Trapp (Red Bank, N.J.) scored five points in the final 30 seconds of regulation time to break a 63-63 tie and lead Felician University to a 68-66 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball victory over host Dominican (N.Y.) College on Monday evening on the Hennessy Center's Coach Baxter Court.

The victory concluded a comeback from a 17-point deficit starting the fourth period for Felician (5-13, 4-7 CACC). The Golden Falcons went on an 18-0 run over the first six minutes of the fourth, and outscored Dominican, 28-9, for the period.

Redshirt sophomore guard Danelle Gibson (Bronx, N.Y.) amassed a career-best 20 points for the visitors. Trapp turned in her 10th "double-double" of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Felician redshirt freshman center Kristin Smith (Hainesport, N.J.) scored 11 points, including nine in the decisive fourth quarter, with seven rebounds.

The first half featured seven ties and 10 lead changes before Dominican (4-14, 4-5) emerged with a 35-29 lead. The Chargers extended to a 14-point edge on a three-point field goal by Jacqueline Rywalt (Pleasant Valley, N.Y.) with 6:26 to play until halftime, and were ahead by that same margin in the final minute before a late three by Shannon McGill (Staten Island, N.Y.) gave the hosts their largest advantage, 57-40, at quarter's end.

Dominican committed its fifth foul with fewer than 2 ½ minutes gone by in the fourth quarter, putting the Golden Falcons in the bonus the rest of the night. The free-throw line was vital in Felician's comeback – the visitors outscored the Chargers, 12-0, at the line in the fourth and 23-6 for the game.

In its 18-0 run, Felician held the Chargers to 0 for 6 shooting and forced three Dominican turnovers. A pair of free throws by Marta Moix (Madrid, Spain) with 4:12 to play put the Golden Falcons on top, 58-57, giving them their first lead since 26-25.

Both teams came up empty on their next possession. Out of a timeout, Felician put the ball in the hands of Trapp, who converted a lay-up at 0:27 which gave Felician the lead for good. The Golden Falcons successfully defended the next two possessions, and Trapp clinched the victory by making 3 of 4 at the free-throw line.

Moix finished with 12 points and five assists for Felician, which did not make a substitution in the fourth period. The five-some of Gibson, Moix, Smith, Trapp and Kayla Hourany (Queens, N.Y.) went the distance for the quarter.

Stefani Alston (West Orange, N.J.) netted 11 points and Bouffard scored 10 for Dominican, which settled for a split of its season series with the Golden Falcons.

Felician has won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game streak from Jan. 10-21, 2015.

The Golden Falcons are idle until traveling to Bloomfield College on Jan. 24.