RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Caldwell University systematically pulled away to earn a 72-49 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball victory over host Felician University on Wednesday evening at Job Gymnasium.
Caldwell won its fifth consecutive game, and maintained its hold on first place in the CACC North Division. The Cougars (17-3, 10-1 CACC) are ranked No. 7 in the most recent NCAA Division II East Region media poll. Caldwell swept its two-game regular-season series from the Golden Falcons for the fourth consecutive year.
Senior forward Karlie O'Driscoll (Sharon, Mass./Sharon) came off the bench to lead Caldwell with 20 points and 10 rebounds in 26 minutes. O'Driscoll, who recorded her 1,000th career point, made 9 of 13 field-goal attempts. Senior swing player Shana Owen (Philadelphia, Pa./Carver) paced Felician (5-12, 3-7) with 12 points, six rebounds and four steals.
The Golden Falcons scored the game's first five points, and led for the opening 5 ½ minutes of action. A three-point field goal by Tina Lebron (Manalapan, N.J./St. John Vianney) gave Caldwell the lead it would never relinquish, 11-9, with two minutes, 48 seconds to play in the first quarter. By period's end, the Cougars had built a 19-10 advantage.
A three-point field goal by Owen and a driving lay-up from Bionca Chambers (New Milford, N.J./New Milford) cut a 13-point Felician deficit to 23-15 with 7:17 to play until halftime. But Caldwell extended to a 31-17 edge following a three by Maura Kelty (Barrington, R.I./Barrington), and carried a 39-23 spread into intermission.
Caldwell maintained a lead of between 15 and 20 points throughout the third period, exiting the quarter ahead, 52-34. The Golden Falcons tallied the first five points of period four to close to within 13, but Felician was held to just two points over the next three minutes, allowing the visitors to build their largest bulge, 64-41, with 4:21 to play.
Caldwell held the Golden Falcons to 32.1 percent shooting, including 2 of 14 from three-point range, and helped force 34 Felician turnovers. The Cougars helped offset 25 miscues of their own by shooting 44.4 percent from the field. Kelty totaled 13 points, and Kristen Drogsler (Middle Village, N.Y./Christ the King) turned in 10 points five assists, four blocks and five steals for the visitors.
Chambers finished with nine points. Fellow Felician freshman Sophia Guerrier (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) had seven points and five steals.
During the first quarter, senior forward Treanda Foster (Bronx, N.Y./John F. Kennedy) became the eighth player in Felician history to reach 500 career rebounds.
Felician travels to Wilmington (Del.) University on Saturday for a 1 p.m. tipoff in Newark, Del.