RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University cut a 15-point second half deficit to three before losing to visiting Clarion University, 67-61, in non-conference women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Job Gymnasium.
The teams were meeting for first time since November of 2002, and for the first time ever in New Jersey.
Sophomore guard Bionca Chambers (Bronx, N.Y./New Milford [N.J.]) topped four double-figure scorers for Felician (1-6) with 16 points in 21 minutes off the bench. Golden Falcon senior forward Kameron Stone (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman) recorded 14 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Both players were disqualified from the contest due to fouls. Felician was whistled for 25 personal fouls as compared to 17 against the Golden Eagles.
Clarion (7-3) received 23 points and six rebounds from junior guard Kadijah Dickson (Queens, N.Y./Mary Louis Academy). Eighteen of Dickson's points came after halftime, including 11 in the third period. She added three assists and three steals in 36 minutes.
The Golden Eagles, who never trailed, opened the game with an 11-0 run – the final eight by Taylor Moltz (Oil City, Pa./Venango Catholic) – over the first three minutes. Felician fought back to within a six-point deficit before being down, 20-12, after one quarter.
The hosts failed to make much progress in the second period, spending the quarter behind by between six and 12 points. A driving lay-up by junior Taliyah Brisco (Cambria Heights, N.Y./Francis Lewis) in the closing seconds sent the teams into the locker rooms with Clarion ahead, 31-22.
The Golden Falcons closed to within a five-point deficit following two successful Chambers free throws with 4:56 left in the third period. But a Dickson put-back touched off a 10-0 run that gave the visitors their largest spread of the day. A jump shot by Stone at the 0:23 mark ended the uprising, but Felician trailed at period's end, 48-35.
Felician tallied the first nine points of period four. A second-chance jumper by Stone made the score 48-44 with 6:56 left in regulation time. Moments later, Chambers buried a three-pointer and the Golden Falcons crept within 52-49. But they were already over the foul limit for the quarter, decreasing the defense's margin for error in the comeback attempt. Chambers fouled out at the 3:59 mark, and Clarion went 11 for 12 at the charity stripe in the final 2:19 to secure the victory.
Felician shot a season-best 47 percent from the floor, but committed 25 turnovers, which the Golden Eagles turned into 25 points. Clarion also piled up a 41-29 rebounding advantage, including 22-7 on the offensive glass. Brisco netted 13 points and Kayla Diaz (Clifton, N.J./Paterson Eastside) added 10 for the Golden Falcons.
Felician is in the midst of a six-game homestand which spans four weeks, covering final exams and the NCAA Division II dead period. The Golden Falcons will play their first Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference home game of the season on Wednesday, welcoming Dominican (N.Y.) College to Job Gym for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.