Shooting Slump Sinks Sailfish Chances at Knocking Off Eckerd College

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

Elizabeth Fugate (Pictured, Center) Provided the Sailfish 18 Points in the Paint on Wednesday Evening Versus Eckerd College. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Elizabeth Fugate (Pictured, Center) Provided the Sailfish 18 Points in the Paint on Wednesday Evening Versus Eckerd College. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The rims were not kind to either Palm Beach Atlantic or Eckerd College on Wednesday night as the pair of women’s basketball foes hit the hardwood in search of a midweek victory. Neither team could top 40% in field-goal shooting however the Tritons were successful in reaching the foul line 15 times more than the Sailfish as they held on for a 59-47 win over PBA at the Rubin Arena.

Both squads would begin the contest slowly as the combined score of the two teams stayed under double-digits until the 12:14 mark of the first-half as PBA’s Ashley Dolberry sank a pair of free-throws to tie the score at 5-5.

The two teams would battle back and forth early on as both sought to gain an offensive rhythm. Palm Beach Atlantic broke free from an early deficit when junior Elizabeth Fugate sank a jumper to move ahead 12-11 with 8:30 remaining in the first-half.

From that point both teams would open things up a bit as EC battled PBA into the lockeroom with a 23-18 lead at the break. Neither squad would top 30% shooting from the field in the first-half with PBA connecting on 7-of-24 field-goal attempts (29%) while EC was even worse off at 5-of-22 (23%) from the field.

 Both squads would connect on 2-of-8 attempts from long-range with the big difference coming at the charity stripe as Eckerd made good on 11-of-16 attempts while PBA managed only a 2-of-2 foul shot performance in the opening half.

Half number two began with a bang for the Tritons who would increase their halftime lead of five points into double-figures thanks in large part to the deadly outside touch of reserve Nikki Niles who buried all three of her attempts from beyond the arc in the opening minutes of the half.

Now blessed with a more comfortable cushion, the Tritons would fight off a few PBA charges behind the strong inside play of Fugate who tallied 12 of her 18 points in the second-half as she knocked down 6-of-8 shots in the post.

In the end however, Niles big shots accompanied with an overall team shooting percentage of 52% (13-25) in the second-half would be enough to keep the Sailfish from within striking distance down the stretch.

Fugate led all scorers on the night with 18 points while grabbing six rebounds in 26 minutes. Junior Selethia Jackson added a double-double of 10 points and 10 boards. Dolberry chipped in eight points and four rebounds off the bench for PBA.

Eckerd was paced by Tijana Brdar who finished with team-high honors of 17 points on 7-of-11 from the field while Niles concluded the game with 16 points 5-of-8 shooting including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc and 3-of-3 from the foul stripe.

The Sailfish will now prepare for a roadtrip on Saturday, January 29th as they will travel to Lakeland, Florida for a PBA-FSC basketball double-header beginning with a women’s game tipoff of 5 pm. The men will battle at approximately 7:30 with both games offered through a live video webcast at FSCMocs.com

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