RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Rising college juniors Taliyah Brisco (Queens, N.Y./Francis Lewis) and Shaelee Brown (Amarillo, Texas/Tascosa) signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) during the recently-concluded NCAA regular-signing period to continue their basketball careers at Felician University, Felician head women's coach Steve Fagan announced today.
Felician posted a 10-17 won-lost record in 2017-18. The Golden Falcons made their first Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference playoff appearance in four years by finishing fourth in the CACC North Division with an 8-11 league mark.
"We are always looking for high-energy players who bring toughness on both offense and defense," said Fagan, entering his 11th season with Felician. "Taliyah and Shaelee fit that description well."
Brisco comes to Felician after playing two seasons at Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y. She helped lead the Tribunes to the 2017-18 NJCAA Division II national championship and a 33-2 overall record. In two seasons at MCC, she appeared in 67 games (30 starts) and averaged 5.7 points and 2.4 assists in 19.1 minutes.
A 5-foot-4 point guard, Brisco scored more than 1,000 points during her career at Francis Lewis High School of Fresh Meadows, N.Y, before graduating in 2016. She was the 2015-16 PSAL Wingate Player of the Year, and helped guide the Patriots to a 2013-14 New York City championship. Brisco, who also played AAU basketball for Positive Direction, intends to major in psychology at Felician.
"Taliyah is a tough-as-nails point guard," Fagan said. "We will look to her to control the tempo of the game and lead our attack at both ends of the floor."
Brown also spent the last two years at the junior-college level, toiling for NJCAA Division I Western Oklahoma State College. She averaged 4.5 points and 7.3 rebounds in 58 career games for the Pioneers.
Brown, a 5-foot-9 small forward, was a Second-Team all-District selection as a senior at Tascosa High School of Amarillo, Texas, in 2015-16. She is a cousin of Olympic and world high-jump record-holder Charles Austin, and a granddaughter of former NFL linebacker Mike Hawkins. Brown expects to major in elementary education.
"Shaelee is a defensive-minded small forward," Fagan said. "But she also has the ability to score in multiple ways around the basket."
Felician is a member of NCAA Division II. Classes for traditional Felician undergraduate students begin on Wednesday, August 29. The Golden Falcons are slated to tip off their 2018-19 playing season at the Regina Rivera Memorial Tournament, hosted by Dominican (N.Y.) College on November 16-17 in Orangeburg, N.Y.
Felician University, the Franciscan University of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic university founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician University welcomes a diverse student population and embraces its educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician University currently enrolls more than 2,400 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs, in the classroom and online, in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. Felician University also sponsors 14 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level.