WATERBURY, Conn. – Felician University got off to a strong start to the second half and held on for an 80-72 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball victory over host Post University on Wednesday evening at the Drubner Center. The result broke a tie between the schools for fourth place in the CACC North Division.
With five games remaining, Felician (7-14, 5-9 CACC) now owns a one-game lead over the Eagles for the North Division's final playoff spot. By defeating Post for the second time this season, the Golden Falcons also earned tiebreaker privileges over the Eagles (5-15, 4-10).
With Wednesday's win, Felician surpassed its victory total for all of last season. The seven wins are the most for the Golden Falcons since their 12-15 campaign in 2013-14.
Freshman Bionca Chambers (New Milford, N.J.) topped Felician with a season-high 18 points. Golden Falcon senior Shana Owen (Philadelphia, Pa.) amassed 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Junior Lauren Chambers (Lebanon, Pa.) totaled 19 points and six rebounds for Post.
A tightly contested first half saw eight ties and nine lead changes. Post was ahead, 16-14, after one quarter, but Felician entered halftime with a 28-27 edge.
The Golden Falcons took control by scoring the first 13 points of the third quarter, over a span of just two minutes, 32 seconds. Chambers netted the first six points of the spurt and Kameron Stone (Bronx, N.Y.) had the final five. Felician extended the half-opening run to 20-3 to take its largest lead, 48-30, with 5:46 left in the period.
Still ahead by 18 with 4:33 left in the third, Felician allowed the Eagles to crawl back into contention with a 10-0 run. A successful jump shot by Bionca Chambers allowed the visitors to escape the period with a 58-47 edge.
Felician maintained a double-digit advantage until 4:39 remained in regulation, when a three-point field goal by Lauren Chambers pulled the Eagles to within 70-62. However, each team only added one point in the next 2 ½ minutes of game time. Post made it 73-68 following a Hanna Benac (Boerne, Texas) three at 1:26, but Felician's Sophia Guerrier (Waltham, Mass.) answered with a driving lay-up. Owen went 4 for 4 at the foul line and blocked a shot down the stretch.
Stone finished with 16 points and five rebounds. Felician sophomore Kristin Smith (Hainesport, N.J.) put up 10 points and a season-high 14 rebounds for her third career "double-double." The Golden Falcons forced 24 Post turnovers.
After an idle weekend, Felician travels to Concordia (N.Y.) College for another division game on Feb. 13.