Women's Basketball Ends Both Halves Slowly In Season-Opening Loss

Women's basketball player in white jersey driving to basket.
Kayla Diaz scored 15 points with six rebounds in a Nov. 16, 2018, loss to Roberts Wesleyan. (Steven R. Smith)

ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – The Felician University women's basketball team was outscored, 11-2, in the first 6 ½ minutes of period four, and could not recover in its 73-62 season-opening loss to Roberts Wesleyan College in non-conference action on Friday night. The game concluded Day 1 of the two-day, four-team Regina Rivera Memorial Tournament, hosted by Dominican (N.Y.) College on the Hennessy Center's Coach Baxter Court.

Felician (0-1) was the last of the 39 schools in the NCAA Division II East Region to begin its 2018-19 campaign.

Senior guard Kayla Diaz (Clifton, N.J.) led the Golden Falcons with 15 points and six rebounds. Junior guard Sarah Nady (Cairo, Egypt) came off the bench to score 16 points and classmate Emily Miller (Buffalo, N.Y.) netted 14 points and pulled down 15 rebounds for Roberts Wesleyan (1-2).

After emerging from a high-scoring opening period with a 24-19 lead, the Golden Falcons were held to three second-quarter points and trailed, 34-27, at halftime. Felician was down by as many as 10 points early in the third but came all the way back to take a 48-46 lead on a Taliyah Brisco (Cambria Heights, N.Y.) transition lay-up with 2:03 left in the quarter. After three periods, the teams were knotted at 50-50.

Felican went scoreless for the first five minutes of the fourth quarter, going 0 for 5 from the floor with five turnovers during that stretch. The offensive lull allowed the Redhawks to build a nine-point edge. Brisco ended the drought with a lay-up at the 4:33 mark, and the Golden Falcons pulled to within 61-57 on a Jaylee Sanchez (Union City, N.J.) jumper at the 2:20 mark. But Miller answered on the other end, and when Felician came up empty on its next two possessions, it ran out of time.

Freshman Taryn Wilson (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) scored eight points in the fourth quarter and finished with 12 to end as one of four double-figure scorers for the Redhawks. RWC senior Taylor Bynoe (Williamstown, N.J.) scored 13 points with nine rebounds. Roberts Wesleyan shook off 25 turnovers by outscoring Felician, 23-9, at the foul line.

Senior Kameron Stone (Bronx, N.Y.) totaled 13 points and four steals and Brisco added 12 points and four assists for the Golden Falcons. Felician was held to 33 percent shooting from the floor, including 29 percent from three-point range, and committed 22 turnovers.

Felician completes its stay at the event by taking on Merrimack College on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Orangeburg.