Valentine's Day Proves Sweet for the Sailfish as They Secure Much Needed Road Win over St. Thomas
February 14, 2011
Written By: Lindsay Oren, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.- Making the short trek to their South Florida neighbors, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team took to the hardwood on Valentine’s Day for the first time in two weeks for NCAA II non-conference action against Saint Thomas University. Muscling their way past the Bobcats (18-8) for a 64-60 final, the Sailfish registered three players in double figures as they posted their first road win of the season on Monday Night.
Outscoring the Bobcats 29-20 in the opening period, the Fish tallied a 35 FG% on 11-31 shooting, including 4-11 from three point range, while holding STU to a mere 7-29 shooting for 24 FG%.
The second half saw both teams making frequent trips to the foul line as, collectively, nearly 40 free throws were put up in the final 20 minutes. STU bested the Blue and White, tallying 15-19 from the charity stripe while the Fish connected on 12 of the their 20 trips.
Despite outscoring PBA 40-35 in the closing period, the Sailfish beat out the Bobcats once more with 11-26 shooting (42%) for a game total of 39%. St. Thomas struggled to convert on their opportunities as they only connected on 12-40 shooting (30%) for a game final 2 7%.
Pacing the way for the Sailfish was senior Elizabeth Fugate, whose 18-point, 13-rebound performance matched her game high scoring and tallied her third double double of the season. Just behind her was sophomore Ashley Dolberry who collected 11 of her 17 points from the foul line to go along with her eight boards, five assists, and two steals in 28 minutes. Junior Loren Wilkins posted her highest numbers of the season at 13 points off of 5-12 shooting, including 3-8 from beyond the arc.
STU’s Amanda Fernandez gave the Bobcats a boost off the bench as she contributed 15 points in 28 minutes of play, while teammate Dannisha Pierce also reached double digit scoring with 12 points. The Sailfish held Bobcat guard Maddie Cumming in check, as the go-to starting finished with 2-21 shooting for seven points on the night.
The Sailfish (4-23) look to ride their victory wave back to the Rubin Arena as they take on yet another South Florida neighbor in cross-town rival Northwood University later this week. The two West Palm Beach teams will battle it out this Wednesday, February 16 during a 6 pm start on the Palm Beach Atlantic campus.