Lady Fish Earn Blowout Win Over Johnson and Wales

Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director

Samantha Harvey (Pictured) Makes the Pass as She Tallied 9 Points and 3 Assists in PBA's Win Over Johnson and Wales. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Samantha Harvey (Pictured) Makes the Pass as She Tallied 9 Points and 3 Assists in PBA's Win Over Johnson and Wales. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team broke their losing streak in a big way on Wednesday night as they played host to Johnson and Wales University at the Rubin Arena. Fans on hand witnessed all 12 Palm Beach Atlantic players receive solid minutes with 11 etching their name in the scoring column as the Fish cruised to a 81-33 home victory.

The two teams battled closely for the first few minutes of the contest as JWU cut the Sailfish lead to only two points at 9-7 when forward Breanna Cook connected for a jumper with 15:50 remaining the first-half. PBA freshman guard Ashley Dolberry then followed up with a three-pointer the next time down the floor to give PBA a five-point cushion and propel them to what would be some strong offensive fireworks.

Starting with Dolberry’s triple, the Sailfish (5-11) went on an 11-4 run over the next few minutes to put themselves comfortably in front. The lead would grow to as many as 23 points in the first stanza as the Blue and White closed out the period on a 12-0 run as they entered the lockeroom leading 41-18.

Dolberry led all scorers in the first-half with 12 points on a perfect 3-of-3 from the field and 5-of-7 from the free-throw line. She also dished out four assists in 13 minutes. Liz Fugate continued her strong play of late in the middle with six points and seven rebounds in the first-half.

The second-half featured more scoring for the Fish including a strong showing from the Sailfish reserves as they not only held the Wildcats to even less point production but added to their own lead as well.

Leading the way for PBA in the second-half were a pair of freshmen as Meredith Treat and Samantha Harvey each registered eight points in the period while Kristine Webb added in seven points and four rebounds during the half. Mallory Allen came through with a strong overall performance in the half with four rebounds, two points, two assists, and two steals. Newcomer Janeen McCormick played well underneath with a team-high five boards in the half.

For the game, Dolberry and Fugate led the way with 12 points each as both played just over half of the game. Dolberry dished out seven assists while Fugate tallied a double-double as she led all players with 11 rebounds. Webb added in nine points, seven rebounds, and four blocks in 23 minutes while sophomore guard Jordan Kong chipped in with nine points off the bench.

Leading the Wildcats was guard Heather Sanchez who finished with 15 points but struggled shooting the basketball as she was 4-of-17 from the field and 6-of-8 from the free-throw line. Cook added eight points while Alycia Honeyghon produced seven points. Only four Wildcat players scored.

Palm Beach Atlantic shot for a 31-of-58 mark from the floor for 53.4% while JWU was limited to 12-of-64 for 18.8%. PBA also dominated the rebounding category with 57 rebounds compared to that of 29 for Johnson and Wales.

The Sailfish will hope to gain momentum from their big win as they will travel across town to take on Northwood University on Tuesday, January 19th at 7 p.m. PBA hopes to avenge their loss earlier this week to the Seahawks.

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