Solid Inside Play Leads Florida Southern to Win Over Sailfish in Women's Hoops
November 19, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- A dominating performance by the Florida Southern front-court duo of Michaela Hawley and Morgan Lamberg helped lead the Moccasins to a 76-54 win over Palm Beach Atlantic in women’s hoops action on Saturday evening at the Rubin Arena. The Mocs tallied 42 points in the paint while outrebounding PBA by a 49-40 margin as they defeated the Fish on their home floor.
Florida Southern (3-0) entered play on Saturday evening hot as they had recently defeated No. 5 ranked Delta State University as well as the University of West Alabama in their first two contests of the season.
The Sailfish (1-2) were led on the night by seniors Jordan Kong and Selethia Jackson who each topped double-figures in scoring with Kong tallying 15 points off the bench on 4-of-14 shooting while Jackson tallied 13 points and nine rebounds.
Hawley utilized her smooth inside/outside play to lead the way for the Mocs who saw the senior net 21 points, seven rebounds, and five blocks in 28 minutes of court time. Adding to FSC’s inside firepower was Lamberg who posted a double-double of 21 points and 18 rebounds in 33 minutes.
Florida Southern jumped out early and never looked back in the contest as they took a lead of 4-2 on a Megan Dzikas layup with 17:55 to play and did not look back.
Their lead grew to as many as 21 points in the first-half as Hawley drained a triple to put her team up 36-15 nearing the end of the first-half.
A late run by PBA cut the FSC advantage to only 13 points at the half as a pair of Kong free-throws saw the Mocs enter halftime leading the Fish by a 40-27 advantage.
The beginning of the second-half unfortunately saw the Mocs jump back out to a more comfortable lead as their advantage grew to as many as 28 points in the second-half.
Palm Beach Atlantic will attempt to regroup their next time out when they take on their second NCAA Division I opponent of the young season on Tuesday, November 22nd at Bethune-Cookman University beginning at 7 pm in Daytona Beach, Florida.