Panthers Stifle Sailfish Effort in Second Half

Written By: Lindsay Oren, Sports Information Graduate Assistant

Junior guard Jordan Kong paced the Sailfish scoring efforts with 10 points in their loss Tuesday evening to Florida Tech. Photo Courtesy of: Lori RichardsJunior guard Jordan Kong paced the Sailfish scoring efforts with 10 points in their loss Tuesday evening to Florida Tech. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Coming off of a tough battle with the Fighting Knights of Lynn University over the Thanksgiving break, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team returned to the Rubin Arena to face a 7-1 Sunshine State Conference opponent in Florida Tech. A balanced scoring effort, featuring three different Panther players in double figures, elevated FIT to a 65-40 victory over a Fish squad that struggled to piece together a rhythm for most of the game.

A low-scoring matchup midway through the first half, the Panthers finally found an offensive tempo when Kristen Dixon’s layup at the 8:02 mark started a 7-0 run for FIT which ended in their biggest lead at 22-8 with just under six minutes to play in the period.

With help off the bench from juniors Jordan Kong and Loren Wilkins, the Sailfish would return the favor in the final five minutes of action as they mounted their own run of 14-6 points to enter halftime trailing the Panthers 29-22.

PBA continued to chip away the FIT margin when Ashley Dolberry connected on a layup in the first minute of the second half to cut the lead to five points, but the Panthers pulled away early to keep out of reach from any comeback efforts on the Sailfish end. Holding the Fish to 5-24 shooting in the final period and a 25.9 FG% on the night, Florida Tech posted their largest lead of 28 points at the 6:38 mark and never looked back.

Three Lady Panthers posted double figures tonight, with senior guard Lynisha Nelson leading all scorers with 14 points in addition to her five points and five rebounds. The Sailfish were paced by junior forward Selethia Jackson who registered a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds, along with Kong who added in 10 points in 30 minutes off the bench.

The Fish (1-5) look to rest up the remainder of this week before taking on the Royals of Warner University next Monday, December 6. Both teams will take to the court for a 7 o’clock start at the WU campus in Lake Wales, Florida.

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