RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Behind a program record 55.8 field goal percentage and five members of the Concordia College New York women's basketball team finishing Saturday's Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest with double-digit points, the Clippers broke the program's single-game record for points scored in an 85-72 victory at Felician University.
• Concordia improves to 7-19, 5-12 in CACC play.
• Felician falls to 8-16, 8-9 in league action.
• It is the fourth-straight victory for the women's basketball team at Felician.
• Junior guard Nicole Nicholson (Staten Island, N.Y.) scored 22 points, one point shy of matching her career-high set at Felician last season, on top of five steals and a personal-record four assists.
• Sophomore guard Cameron Corbett (Staten Island, N.Y.) scored 17 points with three assists and three steals.
• Freshman guard Sara Hopkins (Mountain Top, Pa.) scored 14 points with a team-best five assists.
• Sophomore forward Sabrina Clement (Queens, N.Y.) pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
• Sophomore guard Saundra Cleckley (Queens, N.Y.) tallied in 14 points.
• Junior center Amiya Rankins (Somerset, N.J.) chipped in 11 points.
• For Felician, Kayla Diaz, Kameron Stone and Bionca Chambers all scored 18 points with Stone adding 12 rebounds for a double-double while Diaz fell one assist shy of a double-double with nine.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• After both sides scored a basket, with Nicholson connecting on a layup for Concordia, Felician used a 7-0 run to take a 9-2 lead with 7:53 remaining in the quarter. A pair of Cleckley free throws ended the spree, with a Cleckley layup following the free throws making it a one-possession game before back-to-back Felician baskets made it 13-6 with 5:05 remaining in the frame. Concordia responded with a 6-0 run off a triple from Hopkins and free throws from Nicholson and Rankins to make it a one-point game, but a triple for Felician added separation at 16-12 with 3:40 remaining in the quarter. Rankins cut the lead in half with a jump shot, with a Nicholson basket in response to a Felician jumper keeping the two-point separation before a layup and three pointer from the host extended the gap up to 23-16 with 42 seconds left in the frame. Clement scored a basket in the final seconds of the quarter, creating a 23-18 score.
• Concordia scored seven of the opening 10 points of the second quarter with Nicholson, Cleckley and Clement all contributing to make it 26-25 with 6:40 left in the half. Felician used a three pointer to add separation, but a quick 5-0 run propelled the Clippers to a 30-29 advantage with 6:12 remaining in the half. Felician flipped the one-point lead with a jump shot, with a Cleckley layup on the other end putting Concordia back in front before a three pointer for Felician made it 34-32 with 4:59 to play in the half. Concordia evened the score off a Corbett jumper, only for a pair of free throws and layup pushing Felician ahead 38-34 with 3:06 remaining in the frame. Hopkins scored five of the Clippers last six point of the half, with Felician holding a 43-40 advantage at the intermission.
• Hopkins scored the opening basket of the second half, with the two sides exchanging layups until a three pointer from Corbett evened the score with another shot from beyond the arc from the sophomore after a pair of free throws from Felician giving Concordia a 54-53 lead with 5:39 remaining in the quarter. Felician reclaimed the lead with a jumper, but a 10-0 run to end the frame propelled the Clippers to a 64-55 lead.
• Following a made basket by the hosts, a triple from Nicholson created a double-digit lead at 67-57 with 9:18 remaining in the contest. Felician used a 10-4 stretch to cut the separation to four at 71-67, but a 6-0 retort from the Clippers recreated the 10-point advantage at 77-67 with 2:57 remaining in the contest. Concordia held Felician without back-to-back baskets for the remainder of the contest, while ending the contest on a 5-0 run to create the final score.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• The Clippers converted on 29-52 shots, going 8-10 from three-point territory and 19-23 from the free throw line.
• Felician finished 28-70 from the field, 8-28 from beyond the arc and 8-11 from the free throw line.
• The Clippers dished out 17 assists versus 15 for the host.
• Concordia committed 25 turnovers, resulting in 32 points for the Golden Falcons. Felician committed 19 turnovers, leading to 18 points.
• Concordia held a 35-32 advantage in rebounds.
• Concordia got 11 points off its bench while Felician got seven.
• Concordia recorded 11 steals with one block while Felician stole the ball 18 times with three block.
The women's basketball team travels to Caldwell University on Wednesday, Feb. 27 for a 5:30 p.m. contest.