LAKEWOOD, N.J. – Junior forward Kameron Stone (Bronx, N.Y.) scored a game-high 23 points, including six in overtime, and added seven rebounds to lead Felician University to a 71-66 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball victory over host Georgian Court University on Saturday afternoon at the GCU Wellness Center.
The game marked the regular-season finale for both schools. Felician (10-16, 8-11 CACC) advances to the CACC quarterfinals on Tuesday, when it travels to nationally-ranked University of the Sciences at 7 p.m. Georgian Court (5-21, 3-16) sees its campaign come to an end. Saturday's result did not affect the fortunes of either team.
Stone forced overtime with a jump shot with 28 seconds left to play in regulation time, tying the game at 55-55. Each team turned the ball over on its next possession, and the Lions misfired on a jumper as time expired.
Felician went ahead by six points with 2:22 left in the the extra session when a pair of lay-ups by freshman Bionca Chambers (New Milford, N.J.) sandwiched one by Stone. Georgian Court senior Jess Placher (Cape Coral, Fla.) answered with the next five points, including a three-point field goal at the 1:09 mark that brought her team to within 63-62.
Stone found her way into the paint for another lay-up at 0:49. Felician junior Kayla Diaz (Clifton, N.J.) made a steal on the other end, was fouled by Placher, and converted both free-throw attempts at the 0:36 mark for a five-point edge. Golden Falcon senior Marta Moix (Madrid, Spain) went 4 for 4 at the line in the final 30 seconds to secure the victory for the visitors.
The contest featured nine lead changes. Placher topped GCU with 18 points, and classmate Jaelyn Tweedy (Richmond, Va.) totaled 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, playing all 45 minutes. Chambers scored 13 points and senior Shana Owen (Philadelphia, Pa.) had 12 points, eight rebounds and four steals for Felician.
A buzzer-beating three-pointer by Stone gave the Golden Falcons an 18-16 edge after one period, and another late three, this one by Diaz, allowed Felician to carry the same margin, 31-29, into halftime. The Golden Falcons led by as many as 10 points in period three, but three-pointers by Tweedy and Placher helped cut the deficit to 43-40 by period's end.
The Lions were ahead, 54-49, with 3:48 to play in the fourth quarter before being held to just one point for the rest of the period.