Low Scoring Contest Goes Warner's Way in Women's Basketball

Written By: Lindsay Oren, Sports Information Graduate Assistant

Sailfish guard Jordan Kong contributed 13 points and 3 rebounds for the Fish in their loss to Warner University on Monday night. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.Sailfish guard Jordan Kong contributed 13 points and 3 rebounds for the Fish in their loss to Warner University on Monday night. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

LAKE WALES, Fla.- After easily knocking off the Royals during their home opener by a score of 89-62, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team traveled upstate to the Warner University campus for a rematch at the Turner Athletic Center this evening. Despite a seemingly even contest between the two teams, the Royals would respond with a home victory of their own after a cold offensive night for the Sailfish and a game-high, 18 point performance from Ivana Soberal edged out the Blue and White by a final score of 54-50.

The Fish jumped out to an early five point advantage after a pair of Selethia Jackson free throws at the 14:30 mark gave PBA its largest lead at 8-3. However, after a first period that saw five lead changes, the Royals would make their own 26-17 run to enter halftime leading 29-25, the four point difference that decided the game.

Outshooting the Sailfish (3-11, 27.3%) from beyond the arc in the first half, the Royals posted a 41.7% from the three point line off of 5-12 shooting. WU held the Fish to a 36 FG% on 9-25 shooting through 20 minutes of action, just outing them by at 40% from the field (8-20).

The second half was neck and neck, as the Sailfish fought back within two points at the 6:05 mark after Selethia Jackson knocked down a quick jumper. But the Royals would push their lead back to seven in the final two minutes of action, which was just enough of a cushion to keep the Fish from fighting back.

The Sailfish continued to see quality minutes from junior Jordan Kong as she led the team with 13 points off of 4-11 shooting, in 30 minutes of action off the bench. Sophomore Lynsey Poole also added in six points and as many rebounds, in addition to her five assists in 39 minutes at the point guard position.

Soberal led all scorers on the night with 18 points (6-15) and five rebounds, and fellow teammate Candace Smith posted double figures for the Royals off 5-14 shooting, with a game total of 13 points.

The Sailfish (1-6) return home to face a fourth ranked Sunshine State Conference opponent in Florida Southern on Thursday, December 9. That match is slated to take place in the Rubin Arena at 6 pm.
       

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