Slow Start Dooms Women's Basketball In Loss At FPU

(Photo by Steven R. Smith)
(Photo by Steven R. Smith)

RINDGE, N.H. – Felician University yielded the first 13 points of its defensive-minded 50-44 non-conference women's basketball loss to host Franklin Pierce University on Saturday afternoon at the FPU Fieldhouse. Felician (2-2) whittled a 17-point second-half deficit to four before succumbing.

Senior forward Marya Trapp (Red Bank, N.J.) led Felician with nine points and 11 rebounds. Franklin Pierce sophomore guard Mya Mosley (Worcester, Mass.) scored a game-high 14 points and grabbed six rebounds.

The Ravens (3-3) survived a day which saw both teams commit 24 turnovers. FPU shot 32.1 percent from the field to outlast the Golden Falcons, who could only convert at a 23.2-percent clip.

Nearly three minutes of game time elapsed before either zero on the scoreboard changed. A Mosley putback at the 7:09 mark opened the scoring, and a three-point field goal by Raven freshman Hannah Everidge (Baldwinsville, Mass.) produced the only additional points of the first five minutes.

Two Claudia Tucci (Trumbull, Conn.) free throws extended the FPU advantage to 13-0 with 1:43 left in the first. Freshman Sophia Guerrier (Waltham, Mass.) finally put the visitors on the board with a pair of foul shots at 1:17, and a Kameron Stone (Bronx, N.Y.) three-pointer with 0:56 to play was Felician's only field goal of the quarter. The Golden Falcons shot 1 for 11 with 10 turnovers in the opening 10 minutes, and trailed, 17-5.

The Golden Falcons sliced into their deficit by netting the first six points of period two. They closed to within 21-16 after Kayla Diaz (Clifton, N.J.) split a pair of free throws with 3:57 to go before halftime, but the Ravens replied with the final eight points of the half, including a buzzer-beating three by senior Jemma Thacker (Nairne, South Australia).

The Ravens produced their largest spread of the day, 35-18, following two Mosley foul shots with 6:06 left in the third quarter. Stone scored five points in a 9-0 Felician run, but FPU picked up five unanswered points in the final minute and led, 40-27, after three periods.

Franklin Pierce was still ahead by that margin, 44-31, with 6:23 to play in regulation time. But Felician quickly scored the next six points, including five by Roz Johnson (Newark, N.J.). Trailing by 11 with 2:41 to play, the Golden Falcons made one last surge, using a layup from Jaileen Oquendo (Newark, N.J.) and a Trapp three-pointer to make it 48-42. But the visitors came up empty on their next two possessions, and by the time two Trapp free throws brought Felician within four points, only 0:17 remained. The Golden Falcons were forced to foul, and Mosley secured the FPU victory at the stripe.

Thacker finished with 11 points and eight rebounds. Stone scored eight points for Felician.

Felician remains in New Hampshire on Sunday, crossing over to Manchester to take on Southern New Hampshire University at 1:30 p.m.