Jasmine Williams Scores Career-High 28 in Loss to Felician

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Dec. 19, 2011) – Senior forward Jasmine Williams (Stratford, Conn.) poured in a career-high 28 points but the Mercy College women's basketball team could not keep up with the up-tempo Felician College offense, falling 87-66 on Monday night.

Felician improves to 5-6 with the victory while Mercy drops to 0-9 on the season.

Neither team shot particularly well (about 34 percent each) but combined for a whopping 156 field goal attempts and 115 rebounds in a fast-paced game that saw seven players score in double digits.  The Golden Falcons posted a significantly worse assist-to-turnover ratio than the Mavericks (5:22 versus 11:17) but did outrebound Mercy by 34 while the Mavericks made a season-high 16 blocks.

Felician held the edge early in the going but Mercy stayed close and was able to pull ahead just a few minutes in, trading the lead throughout most of the first half until the Golden Falcons exploded just before the break, holding a 15-point margin at halftime.  They pushed it to 20 shortly out of the break and besides a few Maverick rallies to cut it to 15, held on to post the 21-point victory.

Jasmine Williams' 28 points led the game and marked her fourth 20-point performance this season.  She came into the game leading the East Coast Conference in field goal percentage and hit 10 of her 20 shots tonight to bring her season mark to .548.  Junior wing Jessica Biggs (Nanuet, N.Y.) and sophomore guard Venesha Hunter (Paterson, N.J.) each added 10 points, with Hunter leading the game with four blocks.  Senior point guard Simone Williams (Waldorf, Md.) led the squad in rebounding (nine) and assists (seven).

Senior guard Destiny Barnette (Paterson, N.J.) led Felician with 20 points while hitting a game-high three three-pointers and three other Golden Falcons broke double-digits, with all three posting double-doubles in points and rebounds.  Senior center Jessica Ford (Jersey City, N.J.) and junior forward Que Lyles (Bronx, N.Y.) each posted 13-13 lines and sophomore wing Trina Plummer (West Babylon, N.Y.) scored 17 while grabbing 10 boards.  Lyles also led the team in blocks (three) and Ford in assists (two).

Head Coach Kelli Dunlay and the Mavericks will enjoy another extended break as they will not play again until Friday, Dec. 30 when they travel to Chestnut Hill College (1-9) at 4:00 p.m.