Fourth-Quarter Foul-Line Work Lifts Women's Basketball Over Post

Danelle Gibson led Felician with 14 points, five assists, and three steals in a Feb. 1, 2017, home win over Post. (Steven R. Smith)
Danelle Gibson led Felician with 14 points, five assists, and three steals in a Feb. 1, 2017, home win over Post. (Steven R. Smith)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University went 13 for 16 at the foul line in the fourth quarter – including 4 for 4 by sophomore guard Danelle Gibson (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman) in the final 30 seconds – to secure a 65-61 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball victory over visiting Post University on Wednesday evening at Job Gymnasium.

Felician (6-15, 5-9 CACC) gained a split of its two-game season series with Post. The Golden Falcons remained a half-game behind Concordia (N.Y.) College in the hunt for the final playoff berth from the CACC North Division. Felician has five league games remaining.

Gibson led the hosts with 14 points, five assists and three steals. Felician freshman Safiyyah Lee (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Regional) netted 13 points, and junior Marta Moix (Madrid, Spain/John Carroll School [Md.]) added 11. Senior guard Deaisia Acklin (Bronx, N.Y./Monroe College) topped the Eagles (2-20, 2-12) with 15 points.

Felician led, 33-27, at halftime, and was ahead by nine early in the third period before Lee scored seven consecutive points. Her steal and lay-up with five minutes, 51 seconds, remaining gave the Golden Falcons their largest lead of the night, 48-32. However, the hosts did not score again for the rest of the quarter, and by the final horn, the Eagles had closed to within 48-46.

Felician was on top, 52-46, following a pair of Moix free throws with 7:49 left in regulation. The Eagles answered with the next seven points, taking the lead on an Ariel Fulton (Waterbury, Conn./Crosby) bucket in transition at the 6:27 mark. Over the next five minutes, neither team converted a field goal, but the game was tied on four occasions as the sides took turns parading to the foul line.

Moix snapped a 57-57 deadlock with a foul-line jumper with 1:23 to play. After the Eagles misfired twice at the foul line, Gibson found Remi Iwelu (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Loughlin) for a lay-up at 0:41. Post's Tyra Jones (Rochester, N.Y./East) scored twice on putbacks as time wound down, but after each one, Gibson nailed two free throws to restore a two-possession advantage.

Felician was only 4 for 10 at the charity stripe entering the fourth quarter before its 11 for 13 showing in the final 10 minutes. Conversely, the Eagles made 8 of 10 at the line in the first three periods before shooting only 5 of 12 in the last quarter.

The Golden Falcons received 10 points and nine rebounds from junior Marya Trapp (Red Bank, N.J../Red Bank Regional) Freshman Kristin Smith (Hainesport, N.J./Rancocas Valley) scored seven points and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds.