Palm Beach Atlantic Stuns Flagler College With Late Comeback at The Rubin Arena
November 21, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Trailing by 12 points with under six minutes to play, it didn’t appear that the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team was going to be able to knock off undefeated Flagler College on Saturday afternoon in the Rubin Arena. That all changed in a hurry however as the Fish stunned the Saints with a 22-1 run to close out the game as PBA tallied a 71-62 victory to improve to 2-1 on the young season.
Having beat both Ave Maria University and the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez by wide margins in their first two outings of the season, the Sailfish new they would have a tough task before them entering play on Saturday. Coming off their first win of the season on Thursday evening in a win over Webber International University, the Lady Sailfish were also hoping to continue the momentum they achieved in tallying a second-half comeback against the Warriors.
Freshman forward Meredith broke out of her mini shooting slump to start the season in a big way on Saturday as she led all scorers with 18 points while adding in nine rebounds to help seal the victory.
The ball game started off with both teams trading baskets until junior Chanti Beckett grabbed an offensive rebound and then delivered on a put-back to put the Saints on top at 8-7 with 14:37 to play in the first-half.
Despite the Sailfish best efforts, the Fish would never overtake the Saints the remainder of the half, getting as close as one point when Treat drilled a three-pointer to cut the FC lead to 24-23 with 5:54 remaining until intermission. Flagler would gain the momentum back however as a three-pointer from Jen Mitchell stretched the lead to as many as nine points with 1:20 left until the break.
Sophomore Jordan Kong left the deficit at six points at 36-30 as she nailed a three-pointer with only four seconds left on the clock as both teams looked to make adjustments for a second-half run. 26 fouls were whistled between the two teams in the opening stanza.
It would appear that Flagler would run away with the contest early in the second-half as their lead ballooned quickly out of the gate to as many as 13 points when another trey from Mitchell found the bottom of the net a minute and a half into the second period. A three-point play by PBA’s Ashley Dolberry once again got the lead down to 10 points the next time down the floor before FC guard Karlyn Reddish buried a three to go back up 46-33 with 18:03 to play.
PBA clawed their way back to a six point hole at 52-46 on a pair of Dolberry free-throws but saw a 6-0 run from Flagler highlighted by four points from Charlsea stretch the advantage back to 12 points at 58-46.
After a three-pointer from Lauren Bailie put Flagler in front by a 61-49 margin, the Fish would really go to work for the final six minutes. A layup by Kristine Webb followed by a tough left-handed runner by Loren Wilkins put the Saints lead to single digits at 61-53 with 4:41 remaining. Two more Treat free-throws added to the Sailfish run followed by a bucket from Liz Fugate to get within five points.
Up next came the insertion of PBA freshman guard Tete McClenney into the lineup. McClenney, an athletic guard from nearby Miami, Florida, took a rebound down the floor and then to the basket as she pulled PBA to within three-points with 2:51 left on the game clock. After a Selethia Jackson jumper cut the lead to one point, the next possession McClenney came through with a huge basket to give PBA its first lead since the 15:16 mark of the first-half when they led 7-6.
After another Saints turnover, this time by McClenney swiping the ball at mid-court and racing in for an easy fastbreak layup, it would be the Sailfish free-throw shooters who would connect and put the game out of reach.
After only four turnovers in the first-half, the Saints were charged with 13 in the second 20 minutes due in large part by the suffocating press put on by PBA over the final five minutes of play.
PBA Finished 23-of-60 from the field for the game for 38% while Flagler was 21-of-60 for a 35% shooting mark. As a team, PBA connected on 23-of-30 trips to the charity stripe.
Following Treat’s team leading point total, only one other PBA player reached double-figures as Dolberry collected 14 points, five rebounds, and three assists before fouling out. Jackson just missed a double-double performance with game-high honors of 12 rebounds while adding in eight points. Fugate once again continued to be a solid presence off the bench with nine points in 22 minutes.
For Flagler, the Saints were led by 10 points each from Beckett and Jalisa Foster who also had ten points off the bench while adding in 11 rebounds. Reddish came through with five points, seven rebounds, and four assists but also had six turnovers. Beckett was averaging 21.5 points per game entering today’s action.
PBA will take on Lynn University on Tuesday, November 24th for their next outing as they make the short trip to Boca Raton, Florida for a 5:30 p.m. showdown with Lynn University. The Fish travel back to the Rubin Arena the following day on Wednesday as they will play host to St. Thomas University at 6 p.m. Wednesday will be the debut of PBA Athletics providing video streaming through Penn Atlantic. Stay tuned to pbasailfish.com for further details regarding the broadcast.