Kong's Last Second Shot Gets Sailfish Back to Winning Ways in Thriller Over Lynn
January 5, 2011
Written By: Lindsay Oren, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Taking the hardwood for the fourth time in six days, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team returned home to face a Lynn University team (7-5) that stole one away from the Fish in the final seconds during the initial meeting of the two teams over the Thanksgiving holiday. After a tight 40 minutes of action, the Sailfish returned the favor as junior Jordan Kong netted a three pointer in the waning seconds of the game to secure a 47-45 thriller victory over the visiting Fighting Knights.
The first leg of the opening half saw both teams struggling to get into an offensive rhythm. LU pushed its largest lead of the period to seven on three separate occasions, but PBA utilized its size in the paint to cut into that margin every time.
Struggling around the perimeter to start the game, junior guard Hayley Fields knocked down the first Sailfish three-pointer at the 6:00 minute mark, tailing off the team’s 7-0 run and tying the game at 19-19.
Lynn rallied off 10 points in the final five minutes, but the Fish stayed within range as the Fighting Knights entered halftime with the 29-24 advantage. PBA tallied 11-34 shooting (32 FG%) in the first period whereas LU shot 9-21 from the field (42%) including 4-5 from beyond the arc.
The Fighting Knights registered two players in double figures in the form of Chelsea Patterson who tallied 4-5 shooting, including a perfect 3-3 from long-range, for a total of 11 points, and Marquis Lee who posted 10 points on 3-5 shooting and 4-4 from the charity stripe.
The Sailfish were led in scoring by junior Selethia Jackson who finished the first half with eight points and four rebounds in 17 minutes of action. Sophomore Ashley Dolberry gave the Blue and White a nice lift off the bench with four rebounds, four points, and two assists in 13 minutes.
The Fish started out the second half with a quick 5-0 run within the first two minutes to knot the score at 29. After Lynn pushed their margin to six points at the 15:25 mark, the Sailfish got the job done on both ends of the floor to take their first lead since the opening minute of the game when Jackson connected on a long jumper with just over 10 minutes remaining.
The final 10 minutes consisted of three different ties as both teams traded baskets and neither led by more than three points at any given time. Lee gave the Fighting Knights the one point advantage after making one-of-two from the foul line with 1:13 to play.
Trading sides once more, with neither team able to connect, the Sailfish had one last opportunity with 16 seconds left on the game clock. PBA’s first look down low was not open, so Jackson dished out to an open Kong who drained a three pointer with three seconds to play, giving the Fish the 47-45 margin.
Lynn’s last second attempt sailed just wide as PBA snapped its 13-game losing streak with a big win over its Palm Beach County rival.
LU saw most of its production from Patterson and Lee, who both finished with 16 and 17 points respectively. The Sailfish, utilizing a collective performance from all of its players, registered two in double figures with senior Elizabeth Fugate collecting 10 points and seven rebounds off of 4-11 shooting. Jackson finished with her sixth double-double of the season, roping in 11 boards and 10 points in addition to her three assists and two steals in 37 minutes of action. Kong finished with nine points, registering all of her scoring from beyond the arc. Coming up big on the boards for the Fish tonight were Dolberry and Loren Wilkins who together tallied nine, including five offensive rebounds.
The Sailfish held the Fighting Knights to 6-21 shooting (28 FG%) in the second half for a game total of 35%. Finishing the period on 9-21 shooting (42%), the Blue and White edged out their opponents with a 36 FG%.
The Fish (2-13) will enjoy a few days off before returning to action next week for a two-game series upstate against Flagler College and Rollins College. PBA will open up at Flagler on Tuesday, January 11 for a 5 pm start in Saint Augustine, Florida.