Patterson's Late Bucket Sinks Sailfish Hopes of Knocking Off Lynn on the Road
November 26, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
BOCA RATON, Fla.- In a back and forth contest from the onset, the Palm Beach Atlantic University and Lynn University women’s basketball teams got together on Friday evening for a post-Thanksgiving hoops feast that would go to the wire. LU senior guard Chelsea Patterson came up big early and late as her fade-a-way jumper found the bottom of the net in a tie ball-game with only 1.9 seconds remaining to give her Fighting Knights the 63-61 home win at the de Hoernle Center.
With both teams producing rosters with only seven available players, the contest would surely come down to whose top players would step up. On Friday night it would be the play of Patterson who led the Knights with 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting including the game-winner.
Trailing 61-58 with less than a minute remaining, the Sailfish would set up a play to find junior guard Hayley Fields who came off a screen near the top of the key, found some space, and drilled a long three-pointer to tie the game at 61-61 with only 22 seconds to go in regulation.
Although the post-holiday crowd was small, nearly everyone in the building must have known who the ball was going to go to for LU as the final seconds wound down. Patterson went one-on-one with her defender as a cross-over would precede a pull-up jumper from just beyond the foul-line that gave the Knights the lead.
The Fish (1-4) would be able to inbound but with less than two seconds remaining they would not be able to muster a last second heave which left the Knights victorious as the final horn would sound.
Both teams began the game hot as PBA connected on their first four shots while Patterson would score the first nine points of the game for Lynn (2-4) to take a 9-8 lead through the first two plus minutes of the game.
Things would slow down from the early pace as a 5-0 run by the Knights pushed their early lead to 14-8 when Quanisha Dixon nailed a three-pointer with 15:35 remaining in the first-half.
It would be a few minutes before the Sailfish could respond as the teams traded empty possessions however a jumper by sophomore Ashley Dolberry followed by a three-pointer from Fields would cut the LU advantage to only one at 14-13 with 13:08 remaining.
Three more points from Dolberry would put PBA on top briefly at 16-15 followed by more traded baskets by the two teams.
Neither team would lead by more than six points in the opening half as a late run by PBA would push their advantage to four points at 34-30 entering halftime.
The early second-half action would remain in control of the visiting Sailfish as they remained on top until a layup by Patterson at the 11:11 mark gave the Knights their first lead of the second half as they led 46-45.
The late three-pointer by Fields would be the eighth tie of the contest only to see Patterson’s heroics leave the Fish out of luck on the road.
Somewhat unusual circumstances involving the whistles took place in the second-half as LU was called for the first five fouls of the second-half followed by the next ten fouls being called against PBA. The Knights would shoot 9-of-11 from the charity stripe in the second-half while PBA connected on 2-of-4 free throw attempts.
Palm Beach Atlantic placed four players in double figures as all seven players registered at least three points. Fields led the way with 14 points on 4-of-9 from the field, all from beyond the arc, while hitting both of her free-throw attempts.
Sophomore guards Lynsey Poole and Ashley Dolberry along with forward Elizabeth Fugate each added in 11 points. Dolberry registered her second-straight double-double with 11 rebounds while Fugate just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Dolberry led the team with six assists and three steals.
Fields and Fugate played the full 40 minutes for PBA. The Fish outrebounded the Knights by a 31-23 advantage including 13 offensive rebounds for PBA.
Following Patterson’s 24 points was Marquis Lee who managed 10 points on just 2-of-3 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. Lee would add eight rebounds to lead Knights.
PBA will now turn their focus to their upcoming matchup with Florida Tech on Tuesday, November 30th as part of a PBA-FIT double-header beginning at 5 pm. The matchup for the Sailfish will be their fourth different member of the Sunshine State Conference as opposition here in the early portion of the schedule.