Turnovers Kill PBA Chances at Knocking Off Valdosta State

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

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Sailfish women’s basketball team welcomed in NCAA regional foe Valdosta State University on Saturday afternoon at the Rubin Arena for the first of two meetings between the two schools this season. The Lady Blazers took round one by forcing Palm Beach Atlantic into 25 turnovers while VSU connected on 50 percent of their shots on their way to a 74-55 victory.

Valdosta State (4-2) would waste little time in getting off to a good start on Saturday as they tallied the first nine points of the game while making their first four shots as well.

Brittany Ferguson collected six of the team’s first nine points before a Loren Wilkins jumper with 16:31 remaining in the first-half could break PBA’s silent start.

A 3-pointer from senior Hayley Fields and a layup a few plays later from junior Ashley Dolberry would draw PBA closer to an 11-7 deficit but that’s when Valdosta State began to pull back away.

Their lead would grow to as many as 20 points in the opening half as they led 41-25 at the break.

VSU shot a spectacular 62.5 percent (15-24) in the opening period while limiting PBA to just 33.3 percent (6-18) shooting. The Blazers knocked down 5-of-7 three-pointers as well.

The second-half featured mostly even play from both squads but the Fish (4-4) could never get closer than 14 points as the Blazers claimed the 19-point victory.

Ferguson’s hot start was a sign of things to come for VSU as she tallied a game-high 26 points while making 10-of-17 field goals and 6-of-8 free-throws. She also led the team with six rebounds. Bena Hanyard and Sczeny Hartry added in 12 and 11 points respectively.

The Sailfish were led by Wilkins who tallied a career-high 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field and 3-of-3 from the free-throw line. Dolberry and senior Selethia Jackson each added in 10 points with Dolberry doing most of her damage at the free-throw line by making 8-of-8 shots. Jackson led all players with eight rebounds.

PBA will have a quick turnaround as they will travel to Boca Raton on Monday, December 5th to take on Lynn University at 5:30 pm.

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