BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The Felician University women's basketball team was unable to hold onto a 13-point halftime lead in its 76-64 non-conference loss to host University of Bridgeport on Wednesday afternoon at Harvey Hubbell Gymnasium.
Freshman swing player Briana Lee (Jersey City, N.J.) led Felician (1-4) with 15 points and added six rebounds. The Golden Falcons received 13 points and seven rebounds from freshman guard Kiera Dunhill (Perth, Australia). Junior center Kyle Felton (Lithonia, Ga.) (7-10 FG) totaled 20 points and 11 rebounds in 24 minutes off the Bridgeport bench.
Felician led by as many as 16 points in the first half and 39-26 at halftime. But the game turned during period three. Within the first two minutes of the quarter, the Purple Knights had cut their deficit to six. A Damia Jordan (Brooklyn, N.Y.) free throw with six minutes, 29 seconds, left in the quarter made the score 42-35 in favor of the visitors, but Bridgeport ran off the game's next 10 points. The hosts took the lead for good after a pair of Samirah Henderson (Rahway, N.J) foul shots
But Bridgeport (1-5) continued to add on. After Felician junior Tania Scott (Newark, N.J.) converted two free throws at the 4:20 mark, the Purple Knights outscored Felician, 10-2, for the rest of the quarter to exit with a 55-46 edge. Bridgeport won the third period, 29-7, shooting 56 percent from the floor to 11 percent for the Golden Falcons.
The hill proved too large for the visitors to overcome. With 6:58 to play, the Purple Knights were still ahead by 11. A Dunhill jump shot pulled Felician within 61-56 and 3:57 remaining, but on Bridgeport's next possession, a three-point field goal by Jaqualah Holliman (Boston, Mass.) with the shot clock showing single digits put a damper in the Golden Falcons' hopes. The final 12-point margin was Bridgeport's largest of the day.
Felician wasted a 16-18 day at the foul line by allowing Bridgeport 33 trips to the stripe and by shooting just 30 percent from the floor. Scott finished with eight points and seven assists.
The Golden Falcons scored the final 12 points of the opening period to lead, 21-9. A 10-2 spurt late in the second, capped by Haylee Ramirez's (Jersey City, N.J.) three-pointer, put Felician up, 39-23, with 1:04 left in the first half before it settled for the 13-point edge at the break.
Felician begins its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference slate for 2019-20 by traveling to Dominican (N.Y.) College for a 5:30 p.m. start on Dec. 3 in Orangeburg, N.Y.