Women's Basketball Grinds Out 72-61 Home Win Over Nyack

Women's basketball player with ball.
Kayla Diaz had 13 points, nine assists and six steals in a Jan. 30, 2019, home win over Nyack. (Artur Workstus)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician University women's basketball team forced 34 turnovers, its most in nine years, to key its 72-61 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory over visiting Nyack College on Wednesday evening at Job Gymnasium. Felician (6-11, 6-4 CACC) swept its two-game regular-season series from Nyack for the second consecutive year.

Junior guard Taliyah Brisco (Cambria Heights, N.Y./Francis Lewis) led four Felician double-figure scorers with 16 points. Sophomore guard Bionca Chambers (Bronx, N.Y./New Milford [N.J.]) scored 15 points with a career-high eight steals. The latter figure is the most steals by a Golden Falcon since Quay Baskerville had eight on Jan. 19, 2011.

Golden Falcon senior Kameron Stone (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman) netted 14 points. Classmate Kayla Diaz (Clifton, N.J./Paterson Eastside) enjoyed a strong all-around outing with 13 points, a career-best nine assists and six steals.

Consecutive three-point field goals by Nicole Pimentel (Newark, N.J./Science Park) and Brisco gave Felician a 16-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. The hosts were still up by seven following a Chambers three with 4:00 to play until halftime. Nyack (3-16, 1-9) held the Golden Falcons scoreless for the balance of the half but could only cut four points into its deficit and trailed at the break, 28-25.

The Warriors continued the run into period three, however. Nyack junior Kyla Given (Newburgh, N.Y./Sullivan CC) scored the first four points of the second half to give her team a 29-28 edge. A Brisco three-pointer with 6:54 left in the period broke a seven-plus minute scoreless spell for Felician and gave the Golden Falcons the lead they would never relinquish.

Ahead by two with 3:32 left in the third, the Golden Falcons embarked upon a game-changing 14-1 run. Stone tallied the final six points of the uprising for a 52-37 lead. A layup and free throw from Nyack's Jocelin Wright (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) in the closing seconds allowed her club to trail by 12 points after three periods.

With 1:25 left in the contest, Felician still led by 12, 67-55. The Warriors scored the next six points in only 25 seconds to pull within six but did not dent the scoreboard again as the hosts pulled away.

Felician survived a 55-33 rebounding disadvantage. Given finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Nyack senior Janae Bailey (Upper Marlboro, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) came off the bench to turn in 10 point and 15 boards. The Golden Falcons held the Warriors to 31-percent shooting, including 3 of 17 from three-point range.

Felician is next in action on Tue., Feb. 5 for a short road trip to Bloomfield College at 5:30 p.m.