Five Fish Finish in Double-Figures as PBA Women's Hoops Debuts with Win
November 12, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Beginning the Clarisse Garcia coaching era in fine fashion, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team got the 2010-11 season off to a roaring start on Friday evening with an 89-62 win over Warner University at the Rubin Arena. Junior Hayley Fields poured in a career-high of 29 points as the Sailfish placed five players in double-figures to guide the team to its season-opening win.
With her previous career-high being 17 points back on December 9th, 2009 in a road contest versus the University of Tampa, Fields opened her junior campaign in grand form by connecting on 7-of-11 from three-point range and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line to lead all players.
The Sailfish (1-0) also utilized a solid defensive effort that limited the Royals (0-2) to only a 36.4% (20-55) shooting mark for the contest.
After a Sammie Clark jumper got the game started for an early Warner lead, the Fish would fight back with authority as they rattled off an 11-0 run to go up 11-2 early on. An 11-0 run by Warner would then follow as they re-took the lead at 13-11 on another Clark jumper with 11:56 to play in the first-half.
After trading scores over the next several minutes the Sailfish would take the lead for good at 21-19 on a pair of Jordan Kong free-throws with just under eight minutes remaining in the game’s first-half.
PBA would see its first-half lead grow to as many as 12 points when a Lynsey Poole layup went down for a 33-21 advantage with 3:17 remaining. The Royals would put together a small run to close out the half as they went in to the lockeroom trailing 38-30.
The Fish connected only just one three-pointer in the first-half while shooting at a 50% clip (13-26) overall in the first-half and were led by a balanced scoring load that placed five players with at least five points.
The second-half saw the Royals switch to a zone defensive approach which opened the doors for the Blue and White to reak havoc with their long-range shooting, particularly from Fields. The Plano, Texas native would hit 6-of-10 shots from downtown as PBA’s lead grew throughout the second-half.
Palm Beach Atlantic would lead by as many as 29 points in the second-half and settle on a 27 point victory as their long-range shooting coupled with some WU turnovers led to a big victory for the home team.
Behind Field’s 29 point outburst, several other Sailfish players put together big nights including a career-high 21 points from junior Jordan Kong who came off the bench to tally a 7-of-14 shooting night while excelling on the fast-break as she added in two steals in 29 minutes of action.
Junior forwards Selethia Jackson and Liz Fugate would both play high minutes in the opener with Jackson playing all 40 minutes and totaling 12 points and 13 rebounds while Fugate chipped in a double-double as well with 13 points and 11 rebounds in 37 minutes of court time.
Sophomore Ashley Dolberry would add in 10 points, six rebounds, and four assists while Poole led all players with seven assists and just one turnover.
The Royals were led by Candace Smith who came away with 17 points while doing much of her damage at the free-throw line with 8-of-11 free-throw shooting.
Perhaps consistent with it being opening night for PBA and only the second game for Warner, both teams produced a high number of turnovers as Warner posted 22 miscues and PBA produced 17 turnovers.
The Fish will have the remainder of the weekend off and will hit the court on Tuesday, November 16th when the ladies travel to Eckerd College to take on the Tritons in a 5:30 pm tip-off. The men’s teams from PBA and EC will suit up at 7:30. Both games will be broadcasted so please stay tuned to pbasailfish.com for details.