Felician Women Falter In Fourth In 68-56 Loss To Lightning

Women's basketball jump ball. Felician in white, Franklin Pierce in black.
(Photo by Steven R. Smith)

WILMINGTON, Del. – Goldey-Beacom College broke open a tightly-contested game with an early fourth-quarter run and went on to a 68-56 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball victory over visiting Felician University on Saturday afternoon at the Joseph West Jones Center.

Felician sophomore guard Bionca Chambers (Bronx, N.Y.) led all scorers with 19 points. The Golden Falcons (5-11, 5-4 CACC) received 17 points and a season-high nine rebounds from junior guard Taliyah Brisco (Cambria Heights, N.Y.). Junior guard Amanda McGrogan (Mount Laurel, N.J.) recorded 18 points, 10 rebounds and five steals and freshman guard Sarah Round (Northampton, England) also netted 18 points for Goldey-Beacom.

The lead changed hands 20 times on Saturday, all before the start of the fourth quarter. GBC senior Tanner Turner-Rush (Harrisburg, Pa.) tallied the final five points of period three. Her three-point field goal with 51 seconds left in the third put the Lightning ahead to stay, and her pair of free throws at 0:03 allowed the hosts to exit the period ahead, 51-47.

During the fourth, the Lightning quickly took control of an affair that had been nearly even throughout. An Alanna Speaks (Dover, Del.) jump shot gave GBC a seven-point edge with 8:43 to play. Following a Felician bucket, the Lightning scored the game's next eight points, capped by Round's three-pointer, and were ahead 64-51, at the 5:10 mark. The Golden Falcons' Kayla Diaz (Clifton, N.J.) answered with a layup and foul shot, but the visitors were held to two points in the final 4:58.

Goldey-Beacom (9-10, 5-5) put on an efficient defensive performance. The Lightning committed only nine personal fouls, blocked six shots, and recorded 15 steals. Felician was guilty of 21 total turnovers, which GBC converted into 26 points. The Golden Falcons could only wrest eight turnovers out of the Lightning.

Turner-Rush (four steals) and Speaks (eight rebounds, four assists) each scored 12 points. Senior Kristin Smith (Hainesport, N.J.) had five points and eight rebounds for Felician.

The Golden Falcons were ahead by as many as five points in the opening quarter and up, 13-10, after the first. The sides were within one possession of each other for all but 27 seconds of the second quarter, with the Lightning advancing to halftime ahead, 31-28.

Felician returns home to face Nyack College in CACC action at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30. The Golden Falcons' athletics department also announced that the make-up date for the postponed home game against Holy Family University will be Thursday, February 7, at 5:30 p.m. in Rutherford.