Lady Sailfish Can't Hold On in Dramatic Finish at Barry University

Written By: PBA Sports Information Assistant, Lindsay Oren

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MIAMI SHORES, Fla.- A nail biter to the very end, the Palm Beach Atlantic University Women’s Basketball team nearly came away with a buzzer beater after a 3 point attempt by Sophomore Guard Haley Fields bounced just long, giving the Barry University Buccaneers a narrow 55-53 victory.

Although the Fish led throughout the majority of the game, the Bucs were slowly able to chip away at the once 9 point margin thanks to the offensive play of the Sunshine State Conference Female Athlete of the Week, Mariesa Greene, who led all scorers with 23. Tight throughout the final minutes, PBA and BU would exchange the lead 3 different times before the veteran Senior gave the Buccaneers their final margin by knocking down 2 of her 13 points at the free throw line with 43 seconds remaining in the game.

Barry drew first blood after a lay-up at the opening tip-off, but back to back 3 pointers by Fields gave PBA its first lead, one they would hold until the 4:04 mark of the second half.

Neither team saw commendable shooting percentages in the first half, but balanced scoring from PBA’s offense, combined with 9 turnovers from the Buccaneers side gave the Fish a 29-23 margin after the first 20 minutes of play. Although Greene finished the period with 10 straight points, the PBA defense can be credited for stifling all other BU offensive options as well as making Greene earn almost all of her first half points from the charity stripe.

The start of the second half saw both teams continue to struggle from the hardwood, but the dominating rebounding performance of the Bucs (with 17 of their 32 total coming on the offensive end) gave BU 13 second-chance points and steadily brought them back into the game.

When Barry took its final lead with under a minute to play, the Fish would not go away. BU only had 8 seconds to hold possession for the win, but a quick throw away gave Fields one more stab at a come-from-behind victory. The Plano, Texas native had all Sailfish fans on their feet as her 3 point attempt sailed long at the buzzer.

Alongside the steady play of Greene, the Bucs were lead in points by Sophomore Guard Shanna Suttington who contributed 12 points, 5 assists, and 2 steals on the afternoon. Sophomore Guard Ashley Dolberry paved the way for the Fish with 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists, although she was also credited for 6 of PBA’s 9 turnovers. Freshman Meredith Treat was just behind her with 13 points, and Fields finished with 10.

The Lady Sailfish are right back in action next Tuesday, February 9th at 6 pm as they complete their 2009/10 season with a final home game against visiting Ave Maria University. An honorary ceremony recognizing Seniors Kristine Webb and Mallory Allen will take place after the completion of this contest.

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