Women's Basketball Surrenders Late Lead To Dominican

Bionca Chambers - women's basketball
Freshman Bionca Chambers had 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists in a Jan. 30, 2018, home loss to Dominican (N.Y.). (Steven R. Smith)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Dominican (N.Y.) College erased a 13-point second-half deficit to earn a 65-57 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball victory over host Felician University on Tuesday evening at Job Gymnasium.

Freshman Taylor Tomlinson (Middletown, N.Y./Middletown) came off the bench to pace Dominican (7-13, 6-6 CACC) with 17 points and eight rebounds. Tomlinson made 7 of 10 field-goal attempts. Felician freshman guard Bionca Chambers (New Milford, N.J./New Milford) posted season highs of 17 points and six assists while adding nine rebounds.

Felician (6-13, 4-8) never trailed in the first three periods. The Golden Falcons led, 14-7, following a Kameron Stone (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman) three-point field goal with two minutes, 53 seconds, remaining in the first quarter, and were ahead, 16-12, at period's end.

Chambers made two free throws, blocked a shot, and converted a transition lay-up on the other end to put the hosts ahead, 25-14, with 5:43 to play before halftime. Felician was still up by eight following a Stone layup at the 2:07 mark, but did not score again and settled for a 32-28 halftime advantage.

A three-pointer by senior Shana Owen (Philadelphia, Pa./Carver) capped a 10-0 run to give Felician its largest lead of the night, 42-29, at the 4:36 mark of period three. Dominican's Rebecca Rabeiro (Midland Park, N.J./Midland Park) scored the game's next six points, and once again, the Chargers were within striking distance at the buzzer, trailing 47-41.

A three by junior Kayla Diaz (Clifton, N.J./International) with 9:42 remaining gave Felician a 50-43 edge, but turned out to be the Golden Falcons' final field goal of the game. A three-pointer by Khay'la Latimer (Teanack, N.J./ICHS-Lodi) with 6:15 to play capped a 9-0 Dominican run and gave the visitors their first lead.

Chambers buried a pair of free throws on consecutive possessions to put Felician back on top before a Jasmine Gee (Englewood, N.J./ICHS-Lodi) jumper knotted the score at 56-56 at 4:57. That score held for several possessions and 93 seconds of game time. Tomlinson then scored on back-to-back Charger possessions, and the Golden Falcons could muster only one point in the final two minutes.

Felician shot 26.5 percent from the floor, including 16.1 percent after halftime. The Chargers, who were 11 for 15 from the field in the fourth quarter, amassed a 54-43 rebounding advantage, helping them survive an 8-for-20 performance at the foul line.

Gee tallied eight fourth-period points and finished with 12 points and nine rebounds. Rabeiro (6-9 FG) also scored 12 points for the Chargers. Stone netted 14 points with eight rebounds for Felician.

The Golden Falcons face the regionally-ranked Jefferson Rams on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Philadelphia.