Felician Eliminated From CACC Women's Basketball Championship

Coach Steve Fagan
(Photo of Steve Fagan by Steven R. Smith)

PHILDELPHIA – Felician University fell behind, 29-12, at halftime of its 58-41 loss to host University of the Sciences in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Women's Basketball Championship tournament on Tuesday night at Bobby Morgan Arena.

Felician, the No. 4 seed from the CACC North Division, concludes its season with a won-lost record of 10-17. The Golden Falcons were making their first conference tournament appearance in four years. USciences, the CACC South Division regular-season champion, moves on to face North No. 2 seed Caldwell University in Saturday afternoon's semifinals on the campus of the Jefferson Rams (formerly Philadelphia University).

The Devils (26-3) entered the night ranked No. 19 in both the national NCAA Division II coaches' and writers' polls.

Felician never led. USciences senior forward Colleen Walsh (Downingtown, Pa.) provided a harbinger of the night's events when her team's first six points came on a pair of her three-point field goals. The Golden Falcons stayed in contention in a low-scoring first period, with a three from Bionca Chambers (New Milford, N.J.) with 3:23 left closing the visitors to within 10-7. A lay-up by Devil senior Sarah Abbonizio (West Chester, Pa.) at 1:45 was the only other scoring in the quarter.

USciences then took full control by outscoring Felician, 17-5, in the second period. The Golden Falcons shot 1 for 14 from the field for the quarter and 15 percent in the first half. With 15 points for the half, Walsh outscored the entire Golden Falcon team.

Felician closed to within 39-28 late in the third period before the Devils tallied the final five points and exited with a 44-28 edge. USciences then began the fourth quarter with a 12-1 run for their largest spread of the night, 56-29, at the 3:40 mark.

Walsh sank nine three-pointers and scored 31 points in 31 minutes. Abbonizio finished with 13 points. Both players added six rebounds. Chambers totaled 13 points, seven rebounds and four seals and Kameron Stone (Bronx, N.Y.) scored 12 points for Felician.