Barry Puts Forth Dominating Second-Half to Hold Down Lady Sailfish
January 9, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- After hanging with the Lady Buccaneers basketball team in the first half, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s hoops squad ran into some hard-nosed BU defense to start the second-half as the Bucs cruised to a 67-48 win over PBA on Saturday afternoon at the Rubin Arena. Trailing by only six after 20 minutes of play (31-25), the Fish were held scoreless for the first 8:02 of the second stanza as they dropped their eighth straight contest.
BU forward Mariesa Greene, a senior transfer by way of the University of Illinois, had her way in the paint on Saturday as the 6’0” power forward collected game-high honors of 21 points and 17 rebounds including ten on the offensive glass. Greene’s big total led the Buccaneers to a 50-38 rebounding edge in the ball game.
A close game throughout the first 20 minutes of game action, the Lady Bucs jumped ahead 15-6 through the early stages of the game as Tara O’Malley sunk her only basket of the game on a three-pointer with 13:38 remaining in the first-half.
The Sailfish would fight back however as a three-point play from freshman Meredith Treat drew the team closer followed by a three-pointer from freshman guard Ashley Dolberry cut the lead to only five points with 10:57 left.
Selethia Jackson, coming off the bench for the first-time this season after fighting threw an injury the past few days, got the Sailfish even closer with a tip-in basket to cut the BU advantage to 17-14. Another Jackson score a few minutes later cut the lead to only one point (22-21) before trading baskets with the Bucs for most of the half.
Greene was in double-figures in scoring and rebounding through the first period with 13 points and 12 rebounds while Jackson led the Sailfish efforts with seven first-half points and six rebounds.
The second-half opened up with a 20-2 run for Barry that ultimately put the game out of reach. The BU lead went to as many as 29 points when a layup by Anika Rivera found the bottom of the net with 5:18 left on the game clock.
Jackson paced the efforts of Palm Beach Atlantic with 10 points and nine rebounds in 29 minutes of the bench. Junior Liz Fugate, coming off a career-high 20 points on Wednesday evening against FIT, struggled from the field in the early going before finishing with nine points and four rebounds.
PBA will welcome cross-town rival Northwood University into the Rubin Arena for their next contest as they will take on the Lady Seahawks at 5 p.m. The PBA men’s team takes on Lynn University at 7 p.m.