RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Despite a season-high 21 points from junior guard Danelle Gibson (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman), the Felician University women's basketball team was defeated, 72-61, by visiting Concordia (N.Y.) College in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference action on Wednesday evening at Job Gymnasium.
Concordia sophomore guard Nicole Nicholson (Staten Island, N.Y./Moore Catholic) topped all players with 23 points.
Felician (3-8, 1-3 CACC) made its first four three-point attempts of the game, three by Kameron Stone (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman) and a fourth by Gibson, to lead, 18-10, with five minutes, seven seconds, left in the opening period. Only one more field goal was recorded by either team in the quarter, but the Clippers caught up at the foul line and trailed at period's end, 19-17.
The game turned in the middle of the second period. Concordia went ahead to stay, 25-23, on a lay-up by Amiya Rankins (Somerset, N.J./Franklin) with 6:21 left until halftime. Gibson sliced a six-point Clipper edge in half with a three-point field goal at the 4:25 mark, but the visitors scored the next 10 points. Two Gibson free throws in the closing seconds made the score 39-28 in favor of the Clippers at the intermission. Felician made 7 of its first 11 field-goal attempts of the game before finishing the half in a 2-for-27 slump.
The Clipper lead grew as large as 19 points in the third quarter. Felician answered with a 9-0 run, but settled for a 58-43 deficit at the end of the third. In the fourth, the Golden Falcons sliced a 14-pont deficit to seven on a Gibson three with 4:31 remaining. The hosts drew a charging foul, but misfired on four three-point attempts that would have brought them to within four. Concordia (1-13, 1-4) went 8 for 8 at the foul line in the final two minutes to secure its first victory of the season.
The Clippers outscored Felician, 27-10, at the foul line, with Nicholson herself (12-16) gaining more makes and attempts from the stripe than the Golden Falcon team (10-15). Stone finished with 13 points and seven rebounds, while Felician teammates Marta Moix (Madrid, Spain/John Carroll School [Md.]) (eight rebounds) and Shana Owen (Philadelphia, Pa./Carver) tallied eight points apiece off the bench.
Concordia received 10 points and 11 rebounds from junior Brianna Hendrick (Valley Stream, N.Y./Valley Stream Central). Senior Hadiyah Black (Brooklyn, N.Y./Brooklyn Collegiate) totaled eight points and 14 rebounds.
Felician continues a three-game homestand by entertaining Post University on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Rutherford.