BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – The Concordia College women's basketball team played in their home and Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) opener on Tuesday evening as the Clippers hosted Felician University. Concordia almost completed a comeback in the Meyer Athletic Center, but the Golden Falcons would steal a 53-52 victory.
In the first quarter Felician would jump out to the early 7-0 advantage as the Clippers responded with eight straight points to take the one-point lead at the 2:35 mark. The Falcons would hold Concordia scoreless for the remainder of the period as a 7-0 run to conclude the quarter gave Felician the 14-8 lead.
An 8-3 run began the second period for the Golden Falcons as the visitors held a 22-11 advantage with 6:12 to go until halftime. The Clippers would then use a 7-2 run to cut their deficit to six points, but Felician scored four of the last seven points to take a 28-21 lead into the locker room.
The third quarter saw the Golden Falcons regain their double-digit advantage in the early going, but Concordia would end the period with a 10-6 run as the Clippers trailed 43-37 going into the final period.
Concordia would use their outside shooting to cut into the deficit in the fourth quarter as back-to-back three-point baskets would bring them within a point, 47-46, at the 5:36 mark. Felician responded with a 5-0 run to regain their advantage, but a 6-1 run brought the Clippers back to within striking distance with 28 seconds to go and down 53-52.
The Golden Falcons would turn the ball over in the next possession as Concordia had a chance to take the lead. The Clippers were unable to score the game-winning basket as Felician held on for the 53-52 victory.
Senior Jessica Rosalbo (Staten Island, N.Y.) led Concordia with a season-high 17 points as she also had a game-high four assists, three rebounds, and two steals. Junior Julianne Wilkinson (Red Hook, N.Y.) chipped in with 14 points, three rebounds, and a steal while juniors Hadiyah Black (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Brianna Hendrick (Valley Stream, N.Y.) each had 11 rebounds for the Clippers.
Concordia (0-5, 0-1 CACC) will be off for the Thanksgiving break until next Wednesday, November 30th. The Clippers will host Nyack College in a CACC North Division showdown as tip-off is set for 5 p.m. Fans unable to attend can follow the action by clicking on the live stats and video links under the women's basketball schedule page on ConcordiaClippers.com.