Concordia's Playoff Hopes Still Alive Following a 65-61 Victory over Felician

Concordia's Playoff Hopes Still Alive Following a 65-61 Victory over Felician

Bronxville, N.Y. – The Clippers women's basketball team needed a win against Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) North Division foe Felician College on Tuesday evening to keep their playoff hopes alive. Three players would score in double figures for Concordia as the team battled their way to a 65-61 victory at the Meyer Athletic Center.

The first half began with neither team able to gain a substantial lead until five unanswered points by the Clippers gave them a 13-8 lead with 12:29 remaining. The Golden Falcons would not fall too far behind on the scoreboard and would take an 18-17 advantage at the 6:26 mark. Felician would end the half outscoring Concordia, 16-11, to go into the locker room with a 30-28 lead.

In the second half the Clippers would score five early points to regain the lead but the Golden Falcons responded with 10 unanswered points to hold a 40-33 lead with 14:13 remaining. Concordia would use a 9-0 run to take a one point lead at 46-45 with just over 10 minutes to play.

Concordia would use the momentum to open up a six point advantage but could not increase their lead as Felician would only trail by a point with just over five minutes left in the half.

The Clippers held a 61-59 lead with 48 seconds left following a made free-throw shot. On the ensuing possession for the Golden Falcons, Concordia would cause a turnover and now possessed the basketball with 24 seconds left. A quick foul by Felician sent senior Krystina Agard (Queens, N.Y.) to the foul line where she knocked down both shots. The Golden Falcons quickly made a layup with 17 seconds remaining but still trailed 63-61.

Felician fouled the Clippers on the next possession again and sophomore Megan Burns (Staten Island, N.Y.) calmly converted both foul shots to give Concordia a four-point lead. The Golden Falcons would turn the ball over in their final possession as the Clippers held on for a 65-61 victory.

Agard led Concordia with 22 points while adding eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in 39 minutes of action. Senior Sade Jones (Patterson, N.J.) added 18 points, six rebounds and two steals while junior Victoria Jones (Staten Island, N.Y.) chipped in with 10 points, a game-high 13 rebounds, three steals and a block. The Clippers shot 21-of-30 (70.0%) from the foul line as both teams recorded 49 rebounds in the game.

Concordia (9-17, 8-10 CACC) will next host Caldwell College on Saturday afternoon as the Clippers will honor their seniors on Senior Day at the Meyer Athletic Center. A win for the Clippers will help the team towards earning a playoff berth as the CACC regular season schedule is coming to a close and two positions are up for grabs in the North Division. Tip-off at the Meyer Athletic Center is set for 1pm as fans unable to attend the game can follow the action via Live Stats and Live Video on ConcordiaClippers.com.