Fugate Claims Tournament MVP Honors While Fields Named to All-Classic Team

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

(L-R) Chantelle Anderson, Hayley Fields, Elizabeth Fugaute, and Head Coach Clarisse Garcia Gather After the Championship Game. Photo Courtesy of:(L-R) Chantelle Anderson, Hayley Fields, Elizabeth Fugaute, and Head Coach Clarisse Garcia Gather After the Championship Game. Photo Courtesy of:

WASHINGTON, D.C.- A successful five game winning streak ended the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball season this past Sunday as the Sailfish claimed hold of the Independent Invitational Classic tournament championship on the campus of the University of the District of Columbia. The Fish tallied three wins in as many days to claim the title with junior Elizabeth Fugate honored as the Tournament MVP and fellow junior Hayley Fields named to the All-Classic Team.

A tournament made up of NCAA Division II Independent Institutions, Palm Beach Atlantic was a first-time participant in the annual tournament hosted by UDC.

The Fish opened up play with a win over Washington Adventist University on Friday evening then came back with a tournament semi-finals win over Urbana University on Saturday which stamped their ticket to play in the championship final on Sunday.

They would be matched up with King College (Tenn.) in the final where the Fish played some of their best basketball of the season on the way to a 67-54 win.

Fugate tallied an impressive 18 points in the final game while just missing her second double-double of the tournament with nine rebounds. The Ozark, Missouri native was efficient from the field as she connected on 7-of-11 shots and 4-of-5 from the free-throw line.

She would tally double-figures in all three games of the tournament that culminated in a three-game total of 45 points, 26 rebounds, and seven assists to earn the MVP honors.

Fields was also a big factor for the Fish as the Plano, Texas product posted 42 points, eight assists, and seven steals in the three games. Her biggest output came against WAU where Fields collected 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting with four assists and a career-high six steals in 33 minutes.

With the season now complete, head coach Clarisse Garcia and her staff will continue working on wrapping up her first recruiting class as she hopes to shape the future of PBA women’s basketball.

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