Second-Half Offense Lifts the Sharks over the Fish in Women's Basketball
November 23, 2010
Written By: Lindsay Oren, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- After a neck-and-neck first half that saw six lead changes, (4-0) Nova Southeastern University proved too much in the second period as they handed the Palm Beach Atlantic University’s women basketball team their second straight loss at home by a score of 76-57.
The Sharks jumped out with an early 4-0 lead as NSU center Stephanie Sarosi knocked down her second free throw shot. Yet the Fish would charge right back with a 13-3 run at the 12:08 mark after junior Haley Fields drained a three pointer to give PBA its largest lead on the night.
Trading baskets throughout the remainder of the period, the Sailfish polished off the first half with a one-point 35-34 lead, shooting 37% (11-29) from the field, while holding their opponents to 27% (9-33). Junior guard Jordan Kong paced the Fish in the first half with nine points after knocking down 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. Sophomore Ashley Dolberry also added seven rebounds and eight points, six of which she registered at the charity stripe. NSU’s Jada Buckner led all scorers in the first half with 11 points.
Nova rallied at the break, however, as they posted a 9-0 run to start the second half. The Fish fought back to make it a two point game with 14:44 remaining, but the Sharks never let up as they pushed their largest advantage of 19 points in the final seconds of play. Outscoring PBA by 20 points in the second half, NSU put up a 55 field-goal percentage (16-29) compared to a 22% (7-31) for the Fish.
Dolberry collected her first double-double of the early season as she led the Fish in points and rebounds with 15 and 10 respectively. Fields followed close behind her with 14 points off of 4-10 shooting from beyond the arc. Nova tallied three players in double figures, with Abbie Tepe leading all scorers on the night with 19 points.
The Sailfish will enjoy the next two days off during their Thanksgiving break before returning to the hardwood to play Palm Beach county rival Lynn University. PBA will travel down to Boca Raton to take on the Fighting Knights on Friday, November 26th for a 5:30 pm tip-off.