Women's Basketball Unable To Slow Regional No. 5 Pioneers

(Photo by Steven R. Smith)
(Photo by Steven R. Smith)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University fell behind by double-digits after seven minutes and trailed by 19 at halftime in its 73-58 non-conference women's basketball loss to visiting LIU Post on Saturday afternoon at Job Gymnasium. LIU Post (11-1), which won its seventh consecutive game, is ranked No. 5 in the most recent NCAA Division II East Region media poll.

Felician (2-7) concluded its non-conference schedule for the 2018-19 season.

Pioneer junior guard Taylah Hudson (Glen Cove, N.Y./Glen Cove) recorded 22 points, seven rebounds, and four steals. Hudson shot 9 for 13 from the field and was 4 of 4 at the foul line in 26 minutes. Senior guard Kayla Diaz (Clifton, N.J./Paterson Eastside) topped the Golden Falcons with 13 points.

The Pioneers asserted themselves with rebounding advantages at both ends of the floor and by making repeated trips to the foul line. Felician, meanwhile, converted only 3 of 17 field-goal attempts in the first quarter (18 percent). The Golden Falcons trailed, 16-5, with three minutes, 20 seconds, left in the period, and 21-7 at the ending buzzer.

With 7:05 to play until halftime, LIU Post moved ahead, 29-11, on a transition lay-up by graduate student Sasha Patterson (Brooklyn, N.Y./Benjamin Banneker). The visitors maintained a comfortable working margin of at least 12 points for the rest of the half and matched their largest bulge to that point by bringing a 39-20 edge into the locker room.

The Pioneers held Felician without an offensive rebound in the first half, rolling up a 33-16 edge overall on the glass. They also outscored the hosts, 16-4, at the foul line during the first 20 minutes.

Felician never cut its deficit lower than 14 points during an uneventful third period which ended with the Pioneers ahead, 51-35. A successful jump shot by Natalie Hickman (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park) with 3:25 left in regulation time gave LIU post its largest spread of the day, 69-46. The Golden Falcons finished the game with a 12-4 run, including five points from Kameron Stone (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman), for the final margin.

Patterson totaled 13 points and eight rebounds and Ja'Lyn Armstrong (Baltimore, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) scored 10 off the bench for the winners. LIU Post outscored the Golden Falcons, 20-4, in transition, and converted 19 Felician turnovers into 25 points. It held the hosts to 29 percent shooting on the night.

The teams were whistled for a combined 51 personal fouls and attempted 55 free throws. The Pioneers were 23 of 32 at the charity stripe (72 percent), while Felician went 16 for 23 (70 percent). LIU Post survived a 9-percent clip (2 for 23) from three-point range.

Taliyah Brisco (Cambria Heights, N.Y./Francis Lewis) scored 11 points before fouling out and Stone finished with 10 points and six rebounds for the Golden Falcons.

Felician puts its 2-0 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference record on the line when it hosts Caldwell University on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.