Lady Fish Struggle on the Road in Loss to Flagler College
December 5, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.- Having defeated the Saints of Flagler College their past three matchups including once earlier this season, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team fell down early on Saturday afternoon and could never recover as Flagler cruised to a 76-60 victory over Palm Beach Atlantic in women’s hoops. The loss drops PBA to 4-4 while FC improved to 5-2.
After falling behind early to the Saints by a 10-2 tally four minutes into the game, the Fish quickly went on a 8-0 run of their own including two three-pointers from sophomore guard Jordan Kong to tie the game at 10-10 apiece. Proving to be a game of early runs by both squads, the Saints stormed back for an 11-2 streak of their own to push their early advantage to 21-12 with 8:32 remaining.
After trading baskets over the next few minutes, the Saints again started to pour it on and pushed their advantage to a then game-high of 18 points to close out the half as a pair of Jen Knurek free-throws with 21 seconds left in the half pushed the Flagler lead to 40-22 entering halftime.
The second-half unfortunately saw much of the same for the PBA ladies as they cut the Saints lead to as small as ten points on a few different occasions however they could never get within single-digits and saw the FC lead balloon back out to as many as 20 points down the stretch.
Flagler witnessed a fine performance from senior guard Jen Mitchell who led all scorers with 23 points on 5-of-13 from the field while cashing in on 12-of-13 free-throws as well. Adrienne Donelson added 12 points and a game-high 15 rebounds to claim a double-double.
Palm Beach Atlantic was led by 15 points from Kong off the bench as PBA’s bench tallied 33 of the team’s 60 points. Kong was 3-of-7 from beyond-the-arc and 6-of-11 overall to lead the Sailfish scoring efforts. Freshman guard Ashley Dolberry added 10 points but only played 21 minutes due to foul trouble.
Sophomore forward Selethia Jackson chipped in 10 rebounds and eight points in 25 minutes played.
Flagler led the rebounding battle 51-38 while grabbing 19 offensive rebounds which led to 18 second-chance points.
The Sailfish will travel to the University of Tampa for their next contest as the Lady Fish will battle the Lady Spartans at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9th.