PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Despite 18 points and 21 rebounds from freshman swing player Briana Lee (Jersey City, N.J.), Felician University was defeated by host Pace University, 77-52, in non-conference women's basketball action on Thursday night at the Goldstein Fitness Center.
In only her fourth collegiate contest, Lee fell one rebound short of the 18-year-old Felician single-game record. Golden Falcon Hall-of-Famer Audrey Lundy grabbed 22 boards during a victory at Dominican (N.Y.) College on Dec. 15, 2001. She joins Lundy, Tysell Bozeman and Jessica Ford as Felician females to pick up 20 or more rebounds in a game.
Lee played 36 minutes, also amassing four assists and three steals. Senior teammate Taliyah Brisco (Cambria Heights, N.Y.) netted 13 points. Senior Jackie DelliSanti (Commack, N.Y.) (7-11 FG, four assists) and sophomore Brianna Wong (River Vale, N.J.) (6-8 FG) led Pace (4-1) with 16 points apiece.
Felician (1-3) got off to a slow start offensively. After Lee canned a three-point field goal on the game's first possession, the visitors went scoreless for nearly six minutes of game time. Pace built a 13-3 lead and never trailed again. The Setters exited the first period ahead, 17-6.
Neither team did much damage to the scoreboard lights in the second quarter. Pace, however, was able to extend its edge at the foul line, and went into halftime with a 30-14 advantage. Felician was held to 21-percent shooting from the floor in the opening half.
The offenses were more efficient after halftime but Felician could not make up the deficit. Pace opened the third quarter with a 14-4 over the first 4 ½ minutes to take a commanding 26-point lead. The score was 55-32 after three, and the Setters were up by as many as 31 points down the stretch.
Pace shot 61 percent after halftime. For the night, the Setters converted at a 49 percent rate while holding the Golden Falcons to 31-percent shooting. Pace offset a 1 for 18 performance from three-point range by outscoring Felician, 18-6, at the foul line. Despite Lee's big night, the team rebounding line was even, with each side securing 38.
Felician freshman Kiera Dunhill (Perth, Australia) totaled seven points and four steals.
The Golden Falcons are off until traveling to the University of Bridgeport for a 1 p.m. tip on Nov. 27.