RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician University women's basketball team turned in its best defensive performance in more than seven years on Saturday afternoon, earning a 59-32 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory over visiting Post University at Job Gymnasium.
Freshman guard Sophia Guerrier (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) made a successful return to the Felician line-up after missing five games due to injury. In 28 minutes off the bench, Guerrier topped the Golden Falcons with 15 points and five steals. Junior forward Kameron Stone (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman) totaled 14 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots as Felician (4-8, 2-3 CACC) put a stop to a four-game cold streak.
The Golden Falcons held Post (2-10, 1-5) to a glacial 16.4-percent shooting day, including 0 for 8 from three-point range. In the process, Felician set a school record for fewest points allowed in a conference game, nipping the 34 it gave up to Chestnut Hill College in a home win on Feb. 22, 2014. Overall, the icy effort tied the fifth-fewest points Felician has given up in its 22-year history.
Both offenses got off to frigid starts, as the Eagles were ahead, 3-2, after five minutes of action. Felician went ahead to stay on Stone's three-point field goal with four minutes, 47 seconds, left in the period. Shortly thereafter, the hosts coolly asserted themselves, netting the last 12 points of the quarter, including nine by Guerrier, for an 18-5 edge.
The Eagles sliced a 17-point deficit to 25-15 during period two. But Felician came up with an 8-0 run over a three-minute span as the clock wound down. A lay-up in transition in the closing seconds by Post freshman Katelyn Andres (North Bergen, N.J./North Bergen) allowed the visitors to enter the locker room trailing, 33-17.
The Golden Falcons ended any hope of a Post comeback by limiting the Eagles to two points in the first 8 ½ minutes of the third quarter and six for the period. Felician led, 46-23, after three, and gained its largest spread, 56-26, following a Stone lay-up with 4:29 remaining in the contest.
Felician helped cause 24 Eagle turnovers, which it converted into 27 points. Senior Shana Owen (Philadelphia, Pa./Carver) and sophomore Kristin Smith (Hainesport, N.J./Rancocas Valley) each contributed eight points and six rebounds for the Golden Falcons.
Freshman Megan Gotham (Revere, Mass./Revere) paced Post with 11 points and seven rebounds before fouling out in 24 minutes. Andres amassed nine points and eight boards.
Felician concludes a three-game homestand by entertaining Goldey-Beacom College on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in wintry Rutherford.