Five Sailfish Players Reach Double-Figures as PBA Cruises to Win Over Bemidji State
November 26, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
DAVIE, Fla.- The Sailfish women’s basketball team closed out a perfect 3-0 week on Saturday afternoon by completing play at the Nova Southeastern University Thanksgiving Classic as they took on Bemidji State University in a neutral court showdown. A balanced scoring output that included five Palm Beach Atlantic players topping double-figures led the Fish to a comfortable 73-57 victory to improve to 4-2 on the season.
A veteran-led team under second-year head coach Clarisse Garcia, the five players who topped double-figures in points on the day were PBA’s five-member senior class of Hayley Fields, Jordan Kong, Selethia Jackson, Elizabeth Fugate and Loren Wilkins.
Fields would catch fire in the second-half as she led all players with 20 points including 15 points on five three-pointers in the second period that saw the Fish distance themselves from the Beavers (2-2) for the 16-point victory.
Wilkins would also find success from beyond the arc for PBA as the Covington, Georgia native drained the game-opening trey to put her team up 3-0 early.
Although the Beavers would rattle off consecutive baskets to take back the early lead it would only be temporary.
Kong gave the Sailfish their final lead a few minutes later when she drained back-to-back long balls that jumpstarted an 11-0 PBA run.
The first-half advantage would grow to as many as 15 points when Fugate sunk a jumper with 3:12 to play in the opening half.
Bemidji State would claw their way back to a more respectable six point deficit by closing out the half on a 9-2 run of their own as they trailed 33-27 at the break.
Although a pair of early free-throws from BSU guard Morgan Lee would begin the scoring in the second-half it would prove to be as close as they would get as the Fish began to enforce their game-plan onto their opponent and get back to a more comfortable advantage.
Kong pushed the lead back to ten points at 41-31 with 14:22 to play and the Beavers would never see the score dip below that ten point lead the rest of the way.
Fields finished 6-of-11 from behind the three-point arc to lead the Fish with 20 points while Jackson and Kong each added in 12 points. Kong nearly totaled a double-double with a career-high nine assists. Fugate added in 11 points off the bench for the Sailfish while Wilkins was an efficient 2-of-4 in her three-point attempts to add in 10 points for PBA.
Bemidji State, who hails from the state of Minnesota, was led by Lee who posted a team-high of 17 points while Shannon Thompson added in 11 points.
Palm Beach Atlantic forced BSU into 20 turnovers while limiting the Beavers to a 29.4 percent (15-51) shooting mark for the game. PBA hoisted 31 attempts from beyond the arc while making 11 long balls for a 35.5 percent clip. Overall the Fish shot 39.1 percent (25-64) for the game.
The Fish will have little time to rest from a busy week that included wins over NCAA Division I Bethune Cookman as well as their two opponents at the NSU Thanksgiving Classic. They will host Florida Tech on Tuesday, November 29th when the two regional opponents will battle at 6 pm in the Rubin Arena.