Chestnut Hill Women's Basketball Runs Past Felician

Women's basketball jump ball
(Photo by Steven R. Smith)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Chestnut Hill College rattled off 34 first-quarter points and went on to a 103-66 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball victory over host Felician University on Saturday afternoon at Job Gymnasium.

Felician redshirt freshman guard Nicole Pimentel (Newark, N.J./Science Park) recorded season highs of 14 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore swing player Shannon Glenn (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) led five double-figure scorers for Chestnut Hill (17-9, 13-4 CACC) with 20 points and eight boards.

The Golden Falcons (9-15, 7-10), who saw a three-game winning streak ended, were denied a chance to clinch their first CACC playoff berth since 2013-2014. Felician needs one victory or one loss from Post University (7-16, 6-11) in the teams' final two games to earn the fourth and final berth from the CACC North Division.

After jumping out to an 18-8 lead over the first six minutes, the Griffins took full control with 16 consecutive points over the next three. Kristin Smith (Hainesport, N.J./Rancocas Valley) hit a late jumper to put the Golden Falcons in double figures, but after the first 10 minutes, the visitors led, 34-10.

Glenn outscored the Golden Falcons by herself, totaling 11 first-quarter points. CHC shot 14 for 21 for the period, while Felician went 4 for 18 and committed nine turnovers.

Felician's scoring drought continued into period two. With 4:30 left until halftime, the Griffins were ahead, 47-10, following two free throws by Mary Bode (Nigeria/Dagama Secondary), allowing the visitors' scoring streak to run to 29-2 spanning quarters. Golden Falcon freshman Bionca Chambers (New Milford, N.J.) netted seven points as her team finished the period on a 16-6 spurt to salvage a 53-26 halftime deficit

Felician could not cut into the Griffins' lead in the third quarter, never dropping it below 27 after CHC scored the period's first five points. When Chestnut Hill sophomore Cailey Gibson (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) beat the buzzer with a three-point field goal, the visitors were ahead, 78-44. The Griffins' largest lead came at 103-63 with 1:30 left to play.

Kameron Stone (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman) scored 12 Felician points and Chambers finished with 10. The Golden Falcons committed 24 turnovers, which CHC converted into 33 points. The Griffins also outscored Felician, 21-8, at the foul line. Senior Vicky Tumasz (North Wales, Pa./North Penn) scored 17 points in 22 minutes for the Griffins.

Chestnut Hill's 103 points were the third-most by a Felician opponent in program history, and the most since a 106-40 loss to Southern Connecticut State University on Dec. 3, 2007.

Felician was celebrating "Play4Kay" Day. Donations to help the Kay Yow Cancer Fund fight women's cancers can still be made online in the name of Felician University Women's Basketball at https://support.kayyow.com/team/156396.  

Felician hosts Bloomfield College on Senior Night on Wednesday in Rutherford. Golden Falcon seniors Treanda Foster (Bronx, N.Y./John F. Kennedy), Marta Moix (Madrid, Spain/John Carroll School [Md.]) and Shana Owen (Philadelphia, Pa./Carver) will be honored prior to the 5:30 p.m. tipoff.