Lady Fish Overcome Big Early Deficit Before Falling in Overtime to Lynn
November 24, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
BOCA RATON, Fla.- After a slow start left the Fish trailing by double-digits midway through the first-half and looking for answers, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team was able to claw their way back in to a very competitive contest against Palm Beach County rival Lynn University on Tuesday evening before falling 62-57 in overtime. The Fighting Knights stay perfect on the young season at 4-0 while PBA drops to 2-2.
The Knights wasted little time flexing their offensive muscle in the early part of Tuesday’s contest as they jumped to a 21-5 lead with 11:49 remaining in the first-half after a Quanisha Dixon jumper found the bottom of the net. Now trailing by 16 points, the Fish would be forced to regroup as they stayed right with the Knights for the remainder of the period; even cutting the lead to only 11 points at the break as LU went to the lockeroom with a 34-23 cushion.
Back-to-back baskets by PBA’s Loren Wilkins and Selethia Jackson started what would be a solid second-half for PBA as the lead was cut to 34-27 on the Jackson bucket with 19:15 to play in regulation.
Mostly trading baskets over the next few minutes, LU would re-extend their lead back to double-figures soon after before PBA would make their next run to cut the lead back down to 40-34 on a layup from Ashley Dolberry with 12:19 to play.
The bucket by Dolberry would be the first of six straight points for the freshman point guard as she got things closer with a layup and a foul to shrink the Knights lead to only 43-38 with 9:20 left in the second-half. A basket by Jackson followed by a three-pointer from freshman Meredith Treat tied the game up at 43-43 a few minutes later. Junior Liz Fugate then added in a basket at the six minute mark to give PBA their first lead of the game at 45-43.
The Sailfish would extend their lead to as many as seven points when Jackson connected again as LU was in a 51-44 hole on their home floor with only 3:43 left on the clock.
Back came the Knights however with a 7-0 run to close out regulation as Natalie Basore connected on a turn-around jumper with 1:20 left to tie the game at 51-51. Both teams would look to earn the game-winner in regulation but the defenses would prevail sending the game into overtime.
Despite solid work from Fugate off the bench in the extra period as the 6’2” junior tallied all six points, the Knights would prevail as they took advantage of some missed free-throws by the Fish for the 62-57 overtime victory.
Dolberry finished with a career-high 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field and 7-of-9 from the charity stripe. Jackson added in a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds while Fugate managed 10 points off the bench with six rebounds in 26 minutes.
LU shot just 29.6% (21-71) for the contest while PBA rounded out their performance with a 46.8% shooting mark (22-47). LU also won the rebounding edge with a 45-37 showing while connecting on 14-of-18 free-throws.
Chelsea Patterson finished as the top scorer for LU with 18 points on 6-of-11 from the field and 4-of-7 from long-range. Marquis Lee and Natalie Basore each added in 12 points.
PBA will be quickly back to the floor on Wednesday as they play host to St. Thomas University at 6 p.m. in the Rubin Arena.