Chambers Leads Golden Falcon Women Past Clippers, 66-55

Bionca Chambers - women's basketball action
Bionca Chambers recorded 18 points, seven rebounds and five steals in a Feb. 13, 2018, win at Concordia (N.Y.). (Steven R. Smith).

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – Freshman guard Bionca Chambers (New Milford, N.J.) matched her season high with 18 points to lead Felician University to a 66-55 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball victory over Concordia (N.Y.) College on Tuesday evening at the Meyer Athletic Center.

With four games remaining, Felician (8-14, 6-9 CACC) maintained its 1 ½ game lead over Post University for the fourth and final playoff spot from the CACC North Division. Post defeated Dominican (N.Y.) College on Tuesday, moving the Golden Falcons within one game of Dominican for third place. The Golden Falcons and Chargers meet on Thursday in Orangeburg, N.Y., in Felician fourth's consecutive league road game.

Chambers totaled 14 of her points in the first half. For the night, she added seven rebounds and five steals in 38 minutes. She was the only Golden Falcon to score in double figures. Sophomore guard Nicole Nicholson (Staten Island, N.Y.) netted 18 points to top Concordia (3-22, 3-13).

Felician turned in a strong defensive effort. The Golden Falcons held Concordia to 34-percent shooting from the floor, including 30 percent after halftime. Felician forced 24 Clipper turnovers, which it converted into 22 points.

The visitors led, 34-28, at halftime, and maintained a comfortable working margin throughout the third period. With 0:26 left in the third, Felician took its largest lead of the night, 49-39, on a three-point field goal by junior Kayla Diaz (Clifton, N.J.).

The Golden Falcons still led, 55-45, with 7:40 left in regulation following a transition layup by junior Kameron Stone (Bronx, N.Y.). Both offenses went cold, and that score held for nearly three minutes. With 2:09 to play, a Nicholson three-pointer pulled the Clippers to within 59-53, but Shana Owen (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored a second-chance bucket for Felician at 1:38 to seal the victory.

Diaz, Owen and Stone finished with nine points each for Felician, with Diaz's total coming in just 10 minutes. Concordia's Lyric Blanch (Kingston, N.Y.) scored 16 points.

Felician was ahead by eight points after eight minutes before settling for a 16-11 advantage after one quarter. The game was tied, 21-21, with 5:57 to play until halftime, but the Golden Falcons stretched to a 32-26 edge at the 2:56 mark and carried that same margin into the locker room.

Felician has won consecutive games for the first time since starting this season 2-0.