Holy Family Holds Off Felician In Women's Basketball, 60-55

Bionca Chambers had seven points and 11 rebounds in a Jan. 13, 2018, loss at Holy Family. (Steven R. Smith)
Bionca Chambers had seven points and 11 rebounds in a Jan. 13, 2018, loss at Holy Family. (Steven R. Smith)

PHILADELPHIA – The Felician University women's basketball team was outscored, 22-9, at the foul line in its 60-55 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference loss to host Holy Family University on Saturday afternoon at the Campus Center Gymnasium.

Junior guard Casey Thomas (Hammonton, N.J./Cedar Creek) led all players with 18 points and added six rebounds and four assists for Holy Family (5-11, 4-4 CACC), which has won four consecutive games. Junior guard Danelle Gibson (Bronx, N.Y.) paced Felician with 12 points.

Both teams struggled to find the range offensively in the first period. A pair of free throws by Jada Smith (Philadelphia, Pa.) at 0:43 allowed the Tigers to exit the quarter ahead, 11-10.

A lay-up by HFU sophomore Elizabeth Radley (Hainesport, N.J.) with 8:53 left in the second period put her team ahead 13-12, and the hosts would never trail again. A pair of late three-point field goals by Tiger junior Katie O'Hare (West Chester, Pa.) extended a four-point edge to 10, and HFU went into intermission ahead, 29-21.

The Golden Falcons (4-10, 2-5) netted the first five points of the third period to pull to within three. Still trailing, 35-30, following a pair of Bionca Chambers (New Milford, N.J.) free throws, Felician yielded the game's next eight points for their largest deficit of the afternoon. The Tigers settled for a 45-36 spread after three periods.

Once again, Felician started strong, holding the Tigers scoreless for the first four-plus minutes of the fourth quarter. A Kristin Smith (Hainesport, N.J.) lay-up allowed the visitors within 45-42 with 5:59 left in regulation time.

Following a Felician defensive stop, Sophia Guerrier (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) front-rimmed a game-tying three-point try. After the long rebound, Radley scored on a runout, and by the time 2:44 remained, HFU was back up by 10. The Tigers went 5 for 8 from the foul line in the final 45 seconds, enough to secure the victory.

The Golden Falcons wasted a 48-34 rebounding advantage and a 21-4 edge in second-chance points. Chambers grabbed a season-high 11 boards to go with seven points, and Smith finished with nine rebounds and four points.

Felician was whistled for 28 personal fouls as compared to 16 against the Tigers. The Golden Falcons were also held to 32.4 percent shooting, including 27.6 percent before the fourth quarter. Felician was just 2 for 21 from three-point range for the day.

Alex Hofstaedter (Richboro, Pa.) totaled 12 points for HFU and O'Hare finished with 11. Guerrier amassed 11 points for the Golden Falcons in 24 minutes off the bench.

Felician travels to Nyack College on Tuesday for a 5:30 p.m. start.