Chambers, Women's Basketball Offense Break Out For 89-85 Win

Bionca Chambers scored a career-high 34 points, with a school-record-tying six three-pointers, in a Jan. 22, 2019, win at Post. (Steven R. Smith)
Bionca Chambers scored a career-high 34 points, with a school-record-tying six three-pointers, in a Jan. 22, 2019, win at Post. (Steven R. Smith)

WATERBURY, Conn. – The Felician University women's basketball team scored its most points in five years but had to hold on in the closing minutes to earn an 89-85 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory over host Post University on Tuesday evening at the Drubner Center.

Felician (5-10, 5-3 CACC) has won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game streak Feb. 7-15 of last season. The last time the Golden Falcons scored more than 89 points was five years ago to the day, a 93-66 win at Post on Jan. 22, 2014.

Felician sophomore guard Bionca Chambers (Bronx, N.Y.) led all scorers with a career-high 34 points. She tied the Golden Falcon record of six three-point field goals, shooting 13 of 23 from the floor and 6 for 13 from distance. Chambers made both of her free-throw attempts and added four rebounds, two assists, three blocks and three steals in 38 minutes.

Senior Kayla Diaz (Clifton, N.J.) canned five threes and scored a career-best 20 points with four assists for Felician. The Golden Falcons' 11 three-pointers matched their season high. Freshman Melanie Polanco (Meriden, Conn.) topped five Post double-figure scorers with 20 points and eight rebounds.

The visitors led, 44-38 at halftime. The Golden Falcons built their largest bulge of the night, 64-47, with one minute, 44 seconds, left in the third period, and were ahead, 68-55, at quarter's end.

Three minutes into the fourth period, the Eagles had chopped their deficit to five following a Gabriela Middleton (Coral Springs, Fla.) three. Post came within three points of the Golden Falcons on two occasions in the final two minutes, the latter at 83-80 with 1:07 to play. But Kameron Stone (Bronx, N.Y.) converted a layup at the 0:55 mark for the visitors. The teams traded empty possessions, and by the time Post's Mia Crooms (Bronx, N.Y.) was fouled, 0:27 remained and the shot clock was turned off.

Crooms converted a pair at the free-throw line for an 85-82 deficit. Forced to foul, Post grabbed Taliyah Brisco (Cambria Heights, N.Y.). Brisco's two free throws, followed by a block and rebound from Briana Boyd (Lumberton, N.J.) secured the Golden Falcons victory despite Felician's 2-for-6 performance at the charity stripe in the final 16 seconds.

Stone and Brisco netted 12 points each for the Golden Falcons. Felician survived a 45-36 rebounding disadvantage by out-shooting the Eagles, 51-33 percent, from the field.

Middleton totaled 19 points, nine rebounds and five steals and Crooms (9-9 FT) finished with 18 points and 10 boards for Post (7-10, 3-6). The teams were whistled for 53 personal fouls and combined to attempt 64 free throws. Two players from each side were disqualified due to fouls.

Chambers' 34 points were the most by Felician female since current assistant coach Ashley Morris scored 34 at Concordia (N.Y.) College on Feb. 24, 2015. She is the first Golden Falcon in 12 years to make six three-pointers in game, matching the record held by Laurin Brown (twice) and Dania Reynoso.

Chambers, a 2017 graduate of New Milford (N.J.) High School, is the first Felician female to enjoy two 30+ point scoring games in the same season since Tysell Bozeman produced 19 such contests in 2002-03 en route to leading the nation in scoring average. She scored 30 points in a Jan. 5 home loss to the Jefferson Rams.

Felician plays another CACC road contest on Saturday, traveling to Wilmington, Del., to meet Goldey-Beacom College for a 1 p.m. tip.