Mercy Women Get The Better Of Felician, 70-60

Kristin Smith recorded nine points, seven rebounds and four blocks in a Nov. 28, 2018, loss at Mercy. (Steven R. Smith)
Kristin Smith recorded nine points, seven rebounds and four blocks in a Nov. 28, 2018, loss at Mercy. (Steven R. Smith)

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – Felician University surrendered 49 second-half points in its 70-60 non-conference women's basketball loss to host Mercy College on Wednesday evening at Victory Hall.

Mercy freshman guard Taysha Bender (Glen Burnie, Md.) led all players with 18 points, including 12 after halftime. The Mavericks (3-3) also received a pair of double-doubles from their frontcourt. Sophomore Amber Brown (South Brunswick, N.J.) totaled 16 points and 10 rebounds, and freshman Alexis Lake (Lakeview, N.Y.) turned in 15 points and 12 rebounds while playing 23 minutes.

Senior forward Kameron Stone (Bronx, N.Y.) (four rebounds, four blocks) and junior guard Taliyah Brisco (Cambria Heights, N.Y.) (four steals) netted 11 points each for Felician (0-4).

The Golden Falcons led by as many as 11 points in the first half and 30-21 at halftime. They held Mercy to 26-percent shooting from the field during the opening two periods.

After the teams traded three-point field goals to begin the third quarter, the Mavericks embarked on a 10-0 run over the next four minutes. Mercy moved ahead, 34-33, following Bender's steal and lay-up with 5:54 left in the third. The teams were tied five times during the quarter, which Mercy escaped with a 48-47 edge.

The Mavericks put the game away by tallying the first 12 points of quarter No. 4, knocking 4 ½ minutes off the game clock in the process. Brown and Destinee Hall (Spring Valley, N.Y.) scored five points each during the spurt. Mercy took their largest lead at 66-51 after a Brown lay-up with 3:48 to play. Mercy shot 46 percent after intermission.

Both teams struggled from distance, with Felician making 4 of 20 three-point attempts (20 percent) and Mercy 2 of 19 (11 percent). The Mavericks compensated by racking up a 50-38 rebounding advantage, including 17-8 on the offensive glass.

The teams were whistled for a combined 51 personal fouls and attempted 60 free throws. Each side was 20 for 30 at the foul line.

Felician senior Kristin Smith (Hainesport, N.J.) finished with nine points, seven rebounds, and four blocked shots, as the Golden Falcons amassed 10 blocks for the night.

Felician begins Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference play when it travels to Nyack College for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off on Dec. 4 in Nyack, N.Y.