Moccasins Stun Sailfish with Explosive Second Half in Women's Hoops

Written By: Lindsay Oren, Sports Information Graduate Assistant

Senior Liz Fugate posted a double-double consisting of 18 points and 11 rebounds in PBA's loss to Florida Southern on Thursday evening. Photo Courtesy of: Laurie Richards.Senior Liz Fugate posted a double-double consisting of 18 points and 11 rebounds in PBA's loss to Florida Southern on Thursday evening. Photo Courtesy of: Laurie Richards.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- After a seven point lead concluding the first 20 minutes of action, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team looked as if they might be too hot to handle for visiting Florida Southern College. However, the Moccasins (5-1) proved their prowess thanks to a balanced second half featuring four players in double figures as they cruised on to a 81-65 win over the Sailfish in the Rubin Arena Thursday evening.

Trading baskets throughout the first leg of the half, the Fish began to find their offensive rhythm after a Haley Fields three-pointer gave PBA its first lead at the 13:00 minute mark. Utilizing their size in the paint combined with a big scoring boost from the bench in Jordan Kong, the Sailfish concluded the first period with a 32-25 run so as to enter halftime with a 44-37 margin.

Shooting lights out from beyond the arc at 6-10 (60%), the Sailfish held the Mocs to 23% (3-13) from the three-point line in the first half and only 42 FG% overall. Posting an impressive 56% from the field off of 18-32 shooting, the Fish registered three players in double figures thanks to a perfect 4-4, 10-point piece from junior Selethia Jackson, a 12 point (6-9), seven rebound performance from senior Elizabeth Fugate, and the 14 points added from Kong in 4-5 shooting from long-range.

As hot as the Fish finished the first half, their efforts would turn cold in the second period as they posted a 25 FG% off of 6-24 shooting, compared to their counterparts who outscored the Blue and White 44-21 from a 51 FG%. From start to finish in the final 20 minutes, the Mocs proved too strong for the Sailfish as they took their first lead at the 16:40 mark and never looked back.

FSC took advantage of 14 second-chance points, along with capitalizing on 24 points off of PBA’s 12 turnovers in the final period. Despite a somewhat low shooting night from beyond the arc, the Mocs looked to the paint in the second half, collecting 22 points down low compared to only four for the Fish.

The Moccasins exhibited too many offensive weapons as their balanced scoring resulted in four FSC players in double figures. Megan Dzikas posted a big performance for the Mocs with her 20 point night to go along with nine assists and six rebounds. Forward Emma Cannon also chipped in a double-double for FSC with 13 points and 10 rebounds, along with Michaela Hawley who led all scorers tonight with 21 points and 6 rebounds.

Fugate registered a double-double for the Fish, playing in all 40 minutes and finishing the night with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Jackson also posted good numbers for PBA with 12 points and seven rebounds, and Kong continued to be a lift off the bench with 17 points in 28 minutes. A somewhat quiet night for junior Hayley Fields due to early foul trouble, she chipped in 10 points as well for the Fish.

The Sailfish (1-7) will turn right around to face yet another Sunshine State Conference opponent in Barry University this weekend. PBA will visit their southern neighbors for a two o’clock matchup in Miami, Florida this Saturday, December 11. 

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