PBA Grinds Out Another Close Victory At Home
November 30, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Once again coming down to the final minute of play, the young Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team found a way to get another victory as they improved to 4-2 on Monday evening as the Lady Sailfish hosted Warner University at the Rubin Arena. Never quite getting in an offensive rhythm the whole night, the Fish made it happen when it counted as Selethia Jackson’s short jumper with eight seconds remaining lifted PBA to a 58-56 home win.
With both teams utilizing a balanced scoring load, PBA point guard Ashley Dolberry finished as the game’s top scorer with 13 points on 3-of-9 shooting and 7-of-12 from the free-throw line. Jackson also reached double-figures with a strong second-half as she managed 11 points, seven rebounds, five steals, and three assists in 39 minutes of action.
For the fourth consecutive game (three ending in wins and one overtime loss) the Fish would start slowly and trail their opponent at halftime, tonight being a 27-25 deficit entering the break as PBA shot 27.6% from the floor in the first-half (8-29) while Warner managed only a 32.3% (10-31) shooting mark in the opening 20 minutes.
Almost in trademark fashion it would seem after the team’s first six games, the Fish would come out of halftime well adjusted and with fewer mistakes as they improved to a 41.9% (13-31) overall shooting performance in the second-half.
After briefly trailing by four points to open the second-half on a jumper by Warner’s Meagan Stanley at 29-25, the Sailfish would then take off on an 11-0 run highlighted by seven points from Dolberry during the stretch to move ahead 37-29 with 16:43 remaining. Keeping the lead at eight points over the next several minutes, the Royals would quickly get back within two points on back-to-back three-pointers from sharp shooter Krystal Glass to cut the PBA lead to 41-39 with under 13 minutes to play.
Trading buckets over the next few minutes, Warner would draw back even with 8:44 left on the clock as a layup by Karyna Cid tied the contest at 49-49.
Back-and-forth the two teams would go nearly the remainder of the half until Royals guard Karli Thomas put WU back on top with a three-pointer at exactly the four minute mark to lead 53-52. After a tip-in basket from PBA’s Liz Fugate put the Fish back in front briefly the Royals would re-tie things on one-of-two free-throws from Stanley to put the game at 54-54 with 2:55 remaining.
Cid would strike again for the Royals the next time down the floor to give the Royals a 56-54 lead with just 2:36 left until the final horn would sound.
After a few missed opportunities by both teams the next few possessions, Jackson grabbed an offensive rebound on a missed three-pointer from Treat to tie the game then came down a few possessions later to put home the game-winner.
Warner tried one last play with eight seconds left as Cid drove the length of the floor however her driving layup would come up empty and leave PBA with a hard fought 58-56 victory.
Beyond Dolberry and Jackson’s double-figures scoring, Meredith Treat added in eight points and nine rebounds while Kristine Webb played a solid all-around game with eight points on 4-of-6 shooting while adding in five rebounds and six blocks in 27 minutes.
Ivana Soberal, a West Palm Beach native, led the Royals with 10 points while Stanley and Thomas added nine points each and Glass and Sammie Clark each chipped in with eight points off the bench. Stanley just missed a double-double with 10 rebounds to go along with her nine points while Soberal added in eight boards.
WU outrebounded PBA 50-40 including 21 offensive rebounds while PBA forced the Royals into 26 turnovers with 19 miscues on the Sailfish side.
The loss drops Warner to 3-2 on the season.
PBA will welcome in Florida Tech on Tuesday, December 1st for a double-header of PBA basketball with the women hosting the Panthers at 5 p.m. while the men’s team welcomes in Barry University at approximately 7 p.m. Both games will be aired live on the Sailfish Sports Network.