ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – Dominican (N.Y.) College shot 58 percent from the floor to earn an 82-66 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball victory over visiting Felician University on Wednesday evening on the Hennessy Center's Coach Baxter Court. Dominican (15-12, 13-5 CACC) gained a split of the season series between the CACC North Division foes.
The Dominican victory, combined with other conference results from Wednesday, allowed the Chargers to clinch the North Division regular season title. Felician, meanwhile, saw its postseason destination remain unresolved. Based on Saturday's league action, the Golden Falcons will either travel to the University of the Sciences or the Jefferson Rams for quarterfinal action in the CACC Championship tournament on Mar. 5.
Felician senior Kayla Diaz (Clifton, N.J.) scored a career-high 25 points on Wednesday, adding four assists and four steals. Felician received 13 points and seven rebounds from senior Kameron Stone (Bronx, N.Y.), while sophomore Bionca Chambers (Bronx, N.Y.) scored 10 points.
Senior Alpreshia Parker (Pocono Mountain, Pa.) (6-9 FG, 4-5 3FG) topped four double-figure scorers for Dominican with 18 points in 16 minutes. Sophomore Korina Guerra (White Plains, N.Y.) added 16 points.
The first period was tied on five occasions before two late Ciera Rivera (Pomona, N.Y.) free throws allowed Dominican to exit the quarter with an 18-16 edge. Felician scored eight consecutive points early in the second for a 24-20 edge. The Chargers, however, ended the half with a 16-3 run over the final seven minutes and were on top, 38-29, at the break.
Chambers made a three-point field goal to start the third quarter, but Dominican answered with a 7-0 run to move ahead, 45-32. A seven-point deficit following two Stone free throws with 4:05 to play in the period was as close as Felician would come on the scoreboard the rest of the way. The Chargers put up another strong finish, 11-2 for the last four minutes, and led, 60-45 after three periods.
Felician (8-17, 8-10) never made a serious fourth-quarter push. The Chargers enjoyed their largest spread, 74-53, with 3:24 to play.
Dominican mitigated its 23 turnovers with its hot shooting, which including a 9-for-16 clip (56 percent) from distance. The Chargers also outscored Felician, 21-11, at the foul line.
Felician celebrates Senior Day when it entertains Georgian Court University at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Rutherford, N.J. Golden Falcon seniors Diaz, Kristin Smith (Hainesport, N.J.) and Stone will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.