Sailfish Take Down Seahawks in West Palm Beach Collegiate Clash
February 16, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Although both team’s have not had the type of seasons they were hoping when they began preseason practice in October, the Palm Beach Atlantic University and Northwood University women’s basketball teams still gave those in attendance on Wednesday evening an entertaining and enjoyable contest with the Lady Sailfish coming out on top by a final score of 70-58.
The final home game of the season for Palm Beach Atlantic (5-20) witnessed the Blue and White gather their second straight victory after knocking off St. Thomas University on the road on Monday evening as they will head to Washington D.C. next weekend for a tournament to close out the season.
Junior forward Elizabeth Fugate put together her second straight dominating performance in the paint by tallying a career-high of 24 points and 10 rebounds for her second-straight double-double after an 18-point, 13-rebound performance on Monday versus the Bobcats.
The Sailfish perimeter players fed Fugate all night long with strong over-the-top passes while Fugate also managed to hit a number of jumpers from around ten feet as the Ozarks, Missouri native finished 10-of-17 from the field while adding in a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw line in 38 minutes of action.
Guards Hayley Fields and Jordan Kong both played an inspired brand of basketball as well with both landing in double-figures with 12 and 11 points respectively while Kong added in eight rebounds and four assists.
Ashley Dolberry contributed a nice all-around performance off the bench with seven rebounds, six points, four assists, three blocks, and two steals in 28 minutes. Lynsey Poole returned to action as well from injury with seven points and three assists in 14 minutes.
The game was close throughout as the two West Palm Beach rivals battled back and forth with neither able to sustain a long stretch of momentum.
After a slow start by both teams left the score in the single digits until midway through the first-half, both squads began to heat up as a free-throw by NU’s Kishla Rivera tied the score at 15-15 with 9:25 remaining in the opening half.
A 9-0 run by the Sailfish would then ensue as Jordan Kong buried a three-pointer to break the tie followed by a Kong free-throw, a pair from the charity stripe by Fugate, and a Fields triple to move ahead 24-15 with 5:58 left in the half.
The Seahawks would continue to pressure however and close out a mini-run to end the half that cut the Sailfish lead to only three points with the score 30-27 at the break.
Neither team could top the 40% shooting mark in the first-half as PBA limited Northwood to a 29.4% (10-34) shooting performance in the opening period while collecting a 38.7% (12-31) mark of their own.
After PBA was able to build out their lead to as many as eight points in the early stages of the second-half on a tip-in basket by Selethia Jackson, the Seahawks would respond with 14-2 run over the next several minutes to actually go on top 43-39 with under 16 minutes to play.
Trading baskets through the next stage of the contest, the score would be tied at 50-50 when the Fish would respond with a run of their own to eventually put the game out of reach.
A pair of Rivera free-throws tied the game at 50-50 with 8:12 remaining followed by a 14-0 run by the Fish that saw Fugate score on three different occasions to help stretch out a double-digit lead.
From there the Fish would maintain their lead for the 12 point win.
A much improved shooting performance in the second-half led to PBA’s solid run as they tallied a 55.2% (16-29) shooting performance from the field in the final 20 minutes while also having only five turnovers.
Northwood was paced on the evening by 19 points from Rivera while Sarah Pasetsky added in 16 points and seven rebounds.