West Florida Puts Forth Solid Effort Behind Strong Outside Touch
December 17, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The University of West Florida Lady Argonauts entered the Rubin Arena on Thursday evening shooting 37% from beyond the arc as a team through their first ten games. They upped that to 50% against the Palm Beach Atlantic University Lady Sailfish on Thursday as they were paced by 23 points from senior guard Amy Drake in a 74-57 win.
The Sailfish (4-7) continued their recent slide by dropping their fifth straight contest after starting the season 4-2. UWF improves to 7-4.
Drake connected on the opening basket of the game on her first of seven three-pointers of the night to put UWF up early. Over the next several minutes the Argonauts lead would grow to double-digits as they pushed the pace against PBA in the first-half.
After a timeout, the Sailfish came alive and drew the score even at 16-16 with an 11-0 run midway through the first stanza, even taking a brief lead at 19-16 on a Hayley Fields three-pointer with 7:43 remaining.
The lead would stretch back to as many as six points for West Florida in the half and go into intermission clinging to a six point advantage at 29-23.
A three-pointer from Tiffany Williams to start the second-half quickly put UWF up by a nine-point lead and they would then quickly add to that over the next few minutes to be in a more comfortable position of leading by double-figures.
The second-half lead would grow to as many as 21 points before settling at the final tally of 74-57.
PBA freshman guard Ashley Dolberry finished with her first career double-double for PBA with team-high honors of 13 points and 11 rebounds in 29 minutes of action. Dolberry picked up her fourth personal foul with 17 minutes remaining in the game however she did not foul out.
Freshman Meredith Treat was the only other Sailfish player to reach double-figures with 11 points on 4-of-9 from the field and 2-of-4 from beyond the arc.
Following Drake’s outstanding performance of 23 points on 8-of-11 from the field including a 7-of-9 mark from three, the Argonauts also got 13 points from Williams and eight points from Kirstin McIntyre.
UWF limited PBA to 6-of-27 from beyond the three-point arc on the night while holding the Fish to a 30.5% (18-59) shooting mark overall. PBA forced UWF into 19 turnovers while the Fish were outrebounded 55-35.
PBA wraps up their 2009 portion of the season’s schedule on Friday, December 18th with a trip across the state to Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Fish and Tritons will suit up at 6 p.m.