Eckerd College Delivers Second-Half Shooting Spree to Sink Sailfish

Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Nineteen second-half points from Eckerd College guard Kati Rausberg were the big story on Saturday afternoon at the Rubin Arena as she became a woman on a mission in helping lead her team to a 73-60 win over Palm Beach Atlantic University. Connecting on all six of her three-point tries and missing just one shot on the day for a 10-of-11 overall showing, Rausberg finished with 28 points to clip the Fish and hang on for the win.

Take out Rausberg’s incredible shooting display and the Tritons shot just 33% (15-45) however all 28 of Rausberg’s points counted and led to the eventual downfall of the Lady Sailfish on Saturday afternoon as they dropped to 5-16 on the season. EC  may have been out for revenge from the tip-off as they were hoping to avenge the Fish for defeating them last season on the same Rubin Arena floor.

For a good portion of the ballgame, it would appear that the Fish would once again have the Lady Tritons number as PBA led for a strong portion of the first-half and even went into halftime leading 35-29.

The game became tied at 29-29 with 1:34 remaining in the first-half when Rausberg connected on a jumper in the lane only to see the Fish provide a strong end to their play courtesy of reserve guard Jordan Kong. Having just checked into the game moments before, Kong gave the Sailfish the lead back with a short pull up jumper with 1:11 remaining then added an assist on the next basket by Liz Fugate.

Sophomore Hayley Fields closed out the half for PBA with a tough up-and-under basket as the horn sounded in the arena and left the Fish with a six-point lead at the half. Freshman Ashley Dolberry was the only player to reach double-figures in the first-half as she totaled 11 points including a 9-of-10 performance at the free-throw line.

Unfortunately for PBA the second-half would be much different than the first stanza. After connecting on only 4-of-12 three-point attempts in the first 20 minutes, the Tritons got hot and wouldn’t stop in the second-half as they sunk 11-of-17 treys including five in as many tries for Rausberg as they went from down six points to quickly on top within three minutes of play in the second period.

Jordan Stacey connected on a three-pointer in the first possession for EC followed by an old-fashioned three-point play the next time down for Stacey to tie the score at 35-35. A jumper from PBA’s Kristine Webb briefly put the Lady Fish back on top at the 18:18 mark however it would be short-lived as Tijana Brdar made good on a long-bomb the next scoring opportunity to give EC the lead again.

PBA would not quit and tied the score at 50-50 on a pair of Fields free-throw attempts with 10:03 remaining.

From that point on, the Tritons would maximize their outside abilities, making six three-pointers over the next seven minutes to go firmly in front. The lead grew to as many as 19 points when Stacey connected once again with 2:58 left to go up 72-53.

PBA placed four players in double-figures with sophomore Selethia Jackson leading the way with 12 points and eight rebounds on a 5-of-9 shooting performance. Dolberry was held scoreless in the second-half before fouling out and finishing with 11 points and four rebounds in 32 minutes.

Kong made good use of her time on the floor with 11 points in 14 minutes of action while not missing from beyond-the-arc at 3-of-3 from downtown. Fields chipped in with 10 points.

Stacey followed Rausberg in the scoring column with 16 points while Taylor Young and Brdar each put forth solid outings with 12 and 10 points respectively. Only eight Tritons players received court time.

Palm Beach Atlantic will now prepare for a Wednesday, February 3rd showdown with Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida at 5:30 p.m. in a PBA-RC double-header. 

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