RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Six current Felician University students signed national letters of intent during the 2018-19 NCAA signing period to continue their women's basketball careers at Felician, Golden Falcon head coach Steve Fagan announced today.
The 2018-19 signing period started on Nov. 14, 2018, and ran continuously through Aug. 1, 2019. It replaced the separate early and regular signing periods of past years. Classes for traditional Felician undergraduate students for the Fall 2019 semester began on Aug. 26.
The Golden Falcons are members of NCAA Division II and compete in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). Felician will begin the 2019-20 season, the 24th in program history, against Saint Michael's College on Sat., Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. in Orangeburg, N.Y, during a tournament hosted by Dominican (N.Y.) College.
"We were on the lookout for hungry and humble young women that love to get up and down the court and play with a sense of togetherness," said Fagan, entering his 12th year with Felician. "We believe that's what we have found."
Rosie Arias Peralta (Linden, N.J./Linden), 5-foot-10, was a forward for Linden High School and for Wolverine Elite Academy. Interscholastically, she also participated in volleyball and outdoor track & field for the Tigers. At Felician, she is looking to major in biochemistry. "Rosie is an athletic forward who can attack the glass," Fagan said. "She is able to defend multiple positions."
Kiera Dunhill (Perth, Australia/Presbyterian Ladies' College) is a 2018 graduate of Presbyterian Ladies' College of Peppermint Grove, Australia, and comes to Felician after one semester at Murdoch University in her native Perth. The 5-foot-7 guard played three years for the Cockburn Cougars club of the Western Australia Basketball League. She also participated in tennis, field hockey and softball interscholastically. She intends to enroll in Felician's pre-chiropractic program. "Kiera is a point guard with equal ability to set up her teammates or herself for scoring opportunities," Fagan said. "She can find the basket in a variety of ways."
Briana Lee (Jersey City, N.J./Irvington) scored 1,000+ points in three seasons at METS Charter School of Jersey City before earning First Team all-Super Essex Conference (SEC) Freedom Division honors for Irvington High in 2018-19. The 5-foot-9 guard played on the summer travel circuit for NJ Team Heat Lightning. Lee expects to join Felician's pre-physical therapy program. "Briana is a point guard who can also score," Fagan said. "She has great feel for the game on both sides of the court."
Tiara Mahorn (Irvington, N.J./Irvington), a 5-foot-8 guard, set the Irvington High School record for career field goals en route to scoring more than 1,000 points. A First Team All-SEC Freedom selection, she was a teammate of Lee's on the NJ Heat Team Lightning. Mahorn is likely to major in psychology. "Tiara is a blue-collar-type player, especially on defense," Fagan said. "She can play multiple positions and attack the basket from any of them."
Haylee Ramirez (North Bergen, N.J./Hudson Catholic) was a two-time all-Hudson County guard for Hudson Catholic High. She is a member of the Exodus summer travel squad. The 5-foot-4 Ramirez hopes to study criminal justice "Haylee has the ability to score from both guard positions," Fagan said. "She comes to us with a high 'basketball IQ.'"
Tania Scott (Newark, N.J./Hudson Catholic) comes to Felician after two seasons at Union County College in Cranford, where she totaled 668 points, 279 rebounds and 366 assists over 69 games. She helped lead the Owls to the 2019 NJCAA Division II national finals. Scholastically, Scott was a 1,000-point scorer and a National Honor Society member at Hudson Catholic. She is likely to major in psychology. "Tania is a pure point guard with great breakdown ability," Fagan said. "She plays with high energy on both ends."
Also on Sunday, Fagan released that Felician freshmen Janea Kelty (West Milford, N.J./St. Mary-Rutherford) and Olivia Mendoza (West New York, N.J./Memorial) intend to play basketball. Kelty is a 5-foot-7 guard majoring in special education, while Mendoza is a 6-foot forward/center and criminal justice major. "Janea is a high-energy player who's very athletic," Fagan said. "Olivia has displayed good toughness and is strong with her back to the basket."
Felician seeks its third consecutive CACC playoff appearance. The Golden Falcons posted a won-lost record of 9-18 last year.
Felician University engages more than 2,400 undergraduate, graduate, and adult students through programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, Nursing, and Education. Universal Franciscan values of respect, social justice, and compassion form an inclusive foundation for transforming the lives of tomorrow's leaders. Felician University was ranked 3rd-best return on investment for private colleges in New Jersey in 2018 by the PayScale.com College ROI Report and is ranked the No. 1 safest college campus in the state by niche.com. Felician also sponsors 14 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level. To learn more about Felician University please visit www.felician.edu.