RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University twice cut double-digit second-half deficits to two points, but could not completely erase the gap in its 76-70 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball loss to visiting Holy Family University on Saturday afternoon at Job Gymnasium.
The game was the final one at home for Felician for the 2016-17 season. Golden Falcon seniors Success Edioma (Newark, N.J./Newark East Side) and Taylor Trotman (East Orange, N.J./University HS) were honored in a pre-game Senior Day ceremony.
The setback dealt another serious blow to the CACC playoff hopes of Felician (6-18, 5-9 CACC), which has lost five of its last six contests. The Golden Falcons must win their final two games, including Wednesday's tilt at regionally-ranked Caldwell University, and hope that Concordia (N.Y.) College, the fourth-place team in the CACC North Division, loses its last three.
On Saturday, Felician junior Marya Trapp (Red Bank, N.J./Red Bank Regional) led all players with 25 points, and teammate Danelle Gibson (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman) (5-8 3FG) scored a career-high 22. Senior Abigail Iannotti (North Bennington, Vt./Mount Anthony Union) paced four double-figure scorers for Holy Family with 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
The Tigers (8-17, 7-10) led, 36-26, at halftime, and by 12 points in the early stages of the third quarter. Felician scored seven points in 67 seconds, including five by Trapp, to get within 40-35, then closed the deficit to four on two occasions. A three-point field-goal by Gibson on Felician's final possession of the quarter made it 47-45 in favor of HFU after three.
Five consecutive points by sophomore center Casey Thomas (Hammonton, N.J./Cedar Creek) allowed the Tigers to move ahead, 59-49, with 5:34 remaining in regulation. The visitors were still up by seven when a four-point play by Trapp made it 61-58 at the 3:35 mark.
Thomas answered with a jumper for Holy Family before a Gibson three-point drew Felician within 63-61 at 2:50. Iannotti converted in the paint, and a steal and lay-up by Jill Conroy (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Ford) restored a six-point edge for HFU with 2:06 to play. The Tigers went 7 for 10 at the foul line in the last 1:12, enough to secure the victory.
Thomas recorded 16 points (12 in the second half) and nine rebounds. Sydney Jackson (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor) and Katie O'Hare (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) netted 11 points each for HFU. Felician freshman Safiyyah Lee (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Regional) totaled eight points and 10 rebounds.
The game's first quarter featured three ties and five lead changes. The Tigers broke a 13-13 tie by scoring the last seven points of the period to take the lead for good. HFU assumed its largest advantage, 15 points, twice in the second quarter, the latter time at 33-18 with 4:33 left before halftime.