Lady Sailfish Falter Down the Stretch as Northwood Claims Victory
January 19, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- After shooting at nearly a 56% shooting clip in the first-half and leading by double-digits, it appeared as if the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team would get the revenge they were looking for on Tuesday evening as they hoped to even up their season series with cross-town rival Northwood University. However, a determined Seahawks team tallied the better second-half and defended their home court with a 68-62 win over the Fish.
Now 13-7 on the season with wins in consecutive weeks against PBA, NU shook off a rough shooting night from beyond the arc and played hard-nosed defense in forcing the Sailfish into 25 turnovers to claim the win.
Palm Beach Atlantic (5-12) came out with one of their finest shooting halves of the season in the first 20 minutes by connecting on 15-of-27 shots from the field and working their game-plan to perfection. They also limited NU to just a 39% (12-31) of their own while holding a 36-33 halftime lead.
Things continued to build for PBA in the early stages of the second-half as they stretched their lead back out to double-digits. That seemed to drive the Seahawks even more as they once again made a charge and forced their way back into contention.
Needing a basket late, the Sailfish were slow to push back the Hawks comeback effort behind some solid NU free-throw shooting. Senior guard Taylor Wencis closed out the ball-game with seven consecutive free-throws made while teammate Jessica Cooley also made good on her trip to the charity stripe with a perfect two-for-two.
PBA placed two players in double-figures with freshman Ashley Dolberry leading all players with 11 points on 2-of-5 from the field and 7-of-10 from the free-throw line. Dolberry once again struggled with foul trouble and played a majority of the second-half with four fouls. The Plano, Texas product dished out a team-high six assists while bringing down four rebounds but was also charged with five turnovers.
Senior center Kristine Webb added in 10 points on the night while sophomore forward Selethia Jackson gave the Sailfish a big boost off the bench with eight points and a career-high 15 rebounds while chipping in four steals. Freshman Samantha Harvey performed well in a rare start with nine points and seven rebounds on 4-of-5 shooting.
For Northwood, they were paced by Wencis with 10 points, six assists, and four steals while Christina Daniels scored six points early on her way to 10 points for the night. Cooley added in nine rebounds and six points in the win.
The Seahawks managed just a 31.3% (20-64) shooting registry in the game with only 8-of-28 long-range shots falling as well however they finished higher on the scoreboard.
Sailfish fans will wait until Saturday, January 23rd to see the Blue and White back in action as they will travel to Florida Southern College for a men’s and women’s basketball double-header with the Moccasins. Tip-off for the women’s game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.