RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University trailed, 39-13, at halftime in an eventual 78-48 non-conference women's basketball loss to visiting Bowie State University on Saturday afternoon at Job Gymnasium.
Bowie State (7-2) is the only team on Felician's 2017-18 schedule which is not a member of the East Region of NCAA Division II. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 8 in the most recent Atlantic Region media poll.
Junior forward Kameron Stone (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman) led Felician (3-5) with 14 points and six rebounds. Senior guard Kyah Proctor (Capitol Heights, Md./Flowers) topped four double-figure scorers four Bowie State with 16 points. Proctor added five rebounds and five assists.
The Bulldogs helped cause 27 Golden Falcon turnovers, which they turned into 35 points. They also limited Felician to 28-percent shooting from the floor, including 19 percent in the first half. The hosts made only five out of 27 three-point field-goal tries for the game (19 percent).
BSU never trailed, scoring the first 13 points of the contest. Included in that run were a pair of three-pointers from senior Pere Alexander (Baltimore, Md./Saint Frances Academy). Felician finally dented the scoreboard after seven minutes, 36 seconds, had elapsed on two Stone free throws, but exited the first period behind, 22-4.
The Golden Falcons scored first in the second quarter on a Stone putback, but then went cold again. When BSU senior Lisa Jing (Laurel, Md./Laurel) canned a three with 2:49 to play until halftime, the visitors led, 34-6. The spread was as large as 39-10 until Felician's final possession of the half, when a three by Bionca Chambers (New Milford, N.J./New Milford) allowed the Golden Falcons to enter the break behind by 26.
The Golden Falcons pulled to within 19 on another Chambers three-pointer with 6:58 to play in the third quarter, and came as close as 47-30 following a Stone three at the 3:36 mark. But Felician never made the game more interesting than that. The Bulldogs led, 52-32, after three periods, and never by fewer than 20 in the fourth. The bulge grew as much as 73-40 following a Talanya Hutton (Seat Pleasant, Md./Flowers) three-pointer with 3:02 to go.
Graduate student Sade Chatman (Minneapolis, Minn./St. Paul Central) totaled 15 points and six rebounds and Alexander finished with 11 points and five boards for the Bulldogs. For Felician, freshman Chambers turned in a season-high nine points, and Kayla Diaz (Clifton, N.J.) netted seven points and had a career-best seven assists.
Felician plays its final non-conference game of the season on Wednesday when it travels to regionally-ranked Southern Connecticut State University for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off. The Golden Falcons then face a 17-day competitive lay-off due to final exams and the NCAA dead period.