Lynsey Poole Plays the Hero with Buzzer-Beating Winner to Defeat Bucs

Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications

Lynsey Poole (Pictured) Connected for a Jumper as Time Expired on Wednesday Night to Sink the Buccaneers of Barry University by a 49-47 Final Score. Lynsey Poole (Pictured) Connected for a Jumper as Time Expired on Wednesday Night to Sink the Buccaneers of Barry University by a 49-47 Final Score.

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team needed literally all forty minutes on Wednesday evening at the Rubin Arena to earn a much deserved home win over Barry University as sophomore guard Lynsey Poole drove the length of the floor with just under six seconds to play and buried a jumper near the foul line that gave the Fish a 49-47 win.

The Buccaneers (7-9) would lead going into the final two minutes of regulation but could never put away the scrappy Sailfish (3-16) as the Blue and White rallied for the second time in the past three home games to knock off a Sunshine State Conference opponent as they pulled out a similar late win over Lynn University on January 5th.

The last second score by Poole was setup by a big-time shot from junior Hayley Fields the previous trip down the floor as the Plano, Texas native came around a screen near the top of the key to bury a game-tying three-pointer to tie the score at 47-47 with 29 ticks left in regulation.

Although the Bucs would have an opportunity to hold for a last shot, BU guard Shanna Suttington would drive toward the basket with just under ten seconds left only to have her attempted shot blocked by PBA’s Selethia Jackson and then recovered by Jordan Kong who alertly called timeout to give Poole and the Fish one last chance.

Needing to go the length of the floor with 5.9 seconds remaining, Poole dribbled hard toward her team’s basket, shook off a defender with a full spin, and let loose the jump shot near the charity stripe just before the buzzer sounded to pull out the win. Poole was mobbed by her teammates after the shot which rolled from the front of the rim through the net to seal the two-point win.

Overall the Sailfish would utilize a balanced scoring effort as they outshot their opponent by connecting on 47.5% (19-40) while Barry was limited to only 32.6% (14-43). The Sailfish also shined from beyond the three-point arc as they nailed 6-of-9 from downtown.

Sophomore guard Ashley Dolberry finished as the team-leader in points with 11 points off the bench while adding in three steals. Poole chipped in nine points while Jackson and fellow junior Elizabeth Fugate each grabbed nine rebounds. Poole would lead the way from the point guard position with four assists and a steal in 26 minutes.

Trailing early on by a 8-9 count, the Sailfish would move ahead for the first time in game when Kong connected for the first of two three-pointers in the first-half to put the Sailfish on top 11-9 with 11:12 remaining.

The remainder of the half featured both teams battling back and forth as Palm Beach Atlantic went into halftime leading 21-20. Both teams struggled with turnovers in the first-half as PBA tallied 14 miscues and BU added 10 turnovers of their own.
The PBA lead would grow to as many as five points in the early stages of half number two as Poole and Fugate both connected for early baskets to push ahead 25-20.

Barry would battle back however with some good work from Adrienne Hicks that would tie the contest at 31-31 on her two free-throws with 11:28 to play.

A pair of Dolberry freebies pushed the Sailfish lead to four points with 7:01 to play before a nice rally by the Buccaneers reeled off an 8-0 run that flip-flopped the lead to a four-point Barry advantage with 2:43 remaining.

A one-of-two showing at the free-throw line by Hicks with 1:34 remaining gave the Sailfish a chance as Fields would follow with the trey to tie the game and Poole claimed the winning shot at the buzzer.

Barry was paced on the evening by Suttington whose quick first step led to nearly all of her 15 points as she led all players on the night with her 5-of-11 shooting performance. Hicks and Nadia Tijani added in nine and eight points respectively with Tijani chipping in nine boards. 

Palm Beach Atlantic will be back in action this Saturday, January 22nd,  as they make the trip across the state to Saint Leo University for a 2 pm showdown with the Lady Lions.

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