Lightning Women Pull Away From Felician, 76-63

Safiyyah Lee canned three three-pointers and totaled 11 points and nine rebounds on Jan. 10, 2017. (Steven R. SMith)
Safiyyah Lee canned three three-pointers and totaled 11 points and nine rebounds on Jan. 10, 2017. (Steven R. SMith)

WILMINGTON, Del. – Goldey-Beacom College sank 13 three-point field goals, including nine in the second half, to help propel it to a 76-63 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball victory over visiting Felician University on Tuesday evening at the Joseph West Jones Center.

Goldey-Beacom junior guard Lexi Bruno (Millville, N.J.), the CACC's second-leading scorer, amassed 18 of her 20 points after halftime to lead all players. Bruno added nine assists and five steals on the night. Freshman forward Safiyyah Lee (Voorhees, N.J.) had 11 points and nine rebounds and sophomore forward Kameron Stone (Bronx, N.Y.) totaled 11 points and seven rebounds for Felician.

The Golden Falcons (3-13, 2-7 CACC) led, 21-13 after one period, and by as many as 15 points following a Lee three-pointer with four minutes, 12 seconds, to play until halftime. But Goldey-Beacom closed the half with a 14-2 run, capped by consecutive shots from distance by Tanner Turner Rush (Harrisburg, Pa.) to trail only 35-32 at the intermission.

The Lightning (11-7, 7-2) took the lead for good when Bruno broke a 41-41 deadlock with a three-pointer with 5:54 to play in the third quarter. GBC ended the period with a 52-46 edge, limited Felician to 11 points for the stanza.

The Golden Falcons struggled to obtain key defensive stops in the final period. GBC went 8 for 14 from the field, including 5 of 9 from long range, and committed only one turnover in the fourth. After a three-point field goal by Felician sophomore Danelle Gibson (Bronx, N.Y.) (six points, six assists) cut the visitors' deficit to 66-63 at the 3:38 mark, the Lightning outscored the Golden Falcons, 10-0, the rest of the way.

Bruno led four double-figure scorers for the Lightning. Britani Bryson (Hampton, Va.) (10 rebounds) and Turner-Rush netted 16 points apiece, and Mara Poch (Girona, Spain) finished with 12. Marya Trapp (Red Bank, N.J.) scored 10 points and Kristin Smith (Hainesport, N.J.) accumulated eight points and 11 rebounds for Felician, which shot just 6 for 13 at the foul line.

The Golden Falcons were unable to take advantage of 47 percent shooting from behind the arc (9 for 19) and a 47-34 rebounding advantage. Felician committed 22 turnovers while forcing only eight.

Felician hosts Georgian Court University on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Rutherford, N.J., for its eighth home contest out of its last 10.