Turnovers Kill Sailfish Chances at Road Win Over Florida Tech

Written By: PBA Sports Information Director, Michael Brown

Liz Fugate (Pictured) Led the Sailfish Efforts Against Florida Tech with 20 Points and 5 Rebounds. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Liz Fugate (Pictured) Led the Sailfish Efforts Against Florida Tech with 20 Points and 5 Rebounds. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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MELBOURNE, Fla.- After a 19 day layoff from game action over the holidays, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team returned to the court on Wednesday evening as they made a trip to Florida Tech to take on the Lady Panthers at the Clemente Center. Unfortunately the Fish came out a bit rusty and dropped a tough 89-63 decision to the hands of the Panthers.

Keeping it close throughout the first-half and trailing by only nine points at intermission at 41-32, the Sailfish were unable to recover as Florida Tech cruised down the stretch for the season sweep of Palm Beach Atlantic. The Lady Sailfish (4-9) committed a season-high 27 turnovers and despite solid performances from Liz Fugate and Ashley Dolberry, could not slow down the high-octane offense of FIT that placed six players in double-figures in scoring.

Fugate continued to give head coach Robin Potera-Haskins a solid post presence off the Sailfish bench as she scored a career-high 20 points on 7-of-11 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line. The junior from Ozark, Missouri also grabbed five rebounds before fouling out late in the game.

Freshman guard Ashley Dolberry continued to shine as an offensive weapon as well with 19 points while collecting 10 of her points at the free-throw line by hitting on 10-of-13 from the charity stripe and 4-of-7 from the floor.

Senior Kristine Webb added nine points and six rebounds to aide the Sailfish cause while sophomore forward Selethia Jackson was held to a season-low two points as she struggled with foul trouble and played just 15 minutes.

For the Panthers, they witnessed a 20 point outburst from Ashton McClairen who connected on 4-of-6 attempts from beyond the arc and all six free-throws. Bionca Harness and Sharnae Ivery each tallied 12 points each while Briauna Hagins posted a double-double performance with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Florida Tech’s starting backcourt of Lynisha Nelson and Kristen Dixon each added 11 points in the victory with Nelson reaching a double-double with 11 assists.

FIT displayed an impressive showing from beyond the arc as they nailed 7-of-12 shots from long-range while PBA was limited to a 2-of-7 showing from three-point range.

The Sailfish will open up a three-game homestand on Saturday, January 9th as they host Barry University at 3 p.m. in the Rubin Arena.

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