Buccaneer Defense Gets the Job Done in Home Victory Over Sailfish
December 11, 2010
Written By: Lindsay Oren, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
MIAMI SHORES, Fla.- Taking to the road Saturday afternoon, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team looked to bounce back from a tough loss against Florida Southern earlier in the week. Barry University (4-3) would have no part of it, however, as their balanced effort, combined with a strong defense stifled the offensive attack of the struggling Sailfish side, giving the Buccaneers a decisive 61-39 victory over the Blue and White.
Both teams struggled getting into an offensive rhythm in the initial moments of the game, seeing six lead changes in the first 10 minutes as neither team shot solid percentages from the hardwood (20% PBA, 38% BU).
A jumper by Elizabeth Fugate at the 9:30 mark gave PBA the 14-13 advantage, but the Fish would complete the remainder of the half on a scoreless drought. A 12 point run for the Bucs in the final nine minutes of the opening period sent BU into halftime with a cushioned 25-14 lead over the Fish.
Although shooting better from the floor in the second half, the Sailfish could not find an answer for the hot-shooting from Barry’s side as they posted 50% from the field and outscored the Blue and White 36-25 in the final 20 minutes.
Utilizing quality minutes from their bench which posted 15 total points, with 13 of those coming in the second half, BU also dominated in the paint with 28 points compared to 12 from their counterparts. The Bucs defense also shut down PBA’s offensive attack as they forced 23 turnovers on the night and held the Fish to a season-low, 39 point game.
The Bucs saw quality minutes out of veteran guard Shanna Suttington who registered a near double-double of 14 points and eight assists to go along with her six rebounds. Also coming up big down low for Barry was Yvonne Houston who collected 10 points and four rebounds on 5-8 shooting. Although no Sailfish player reached double figures tonight, PBA collected nine points each from Fugate and sophomore guard Ashley Dolberry in their respective 31 and 29 minutes on the court. Dolberry added nine boards for the Fish, along with 10 brought down from Selethia Jackson on the night.
After a busy week for the Sailfish (1-8), the ladies will take the week off from play as the academic semester concludes. PBA will be back in action next weekend as they travel to Melbourne on the 18-19 of December to compete in a tournament hosted by Florida Tech. Those perspective game times will be posted soon as the Fish play both Saturday and Sunday.