Lady Fish Fall Just Short in Overtime of Knocking Off No 24 Ranked Shaw University
December 17, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- It would take an extra five minutes of overtime however the No. 24-ranked Shaw University women’s basketball team escaped the Rubin Arena on Saturday with a hard-earned win over Palm Beach Atlantic. Playing in their first game of the Sailfish Pre-Christmas Classic , Shaw held off a late PBA charge in regulation and then flexed its muscle in overtime as the Lady Bears tallied an 80-74 win.
Much like their win 24 hours earlier against the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, the Sailfish (4-7) fought for every point they would get on Saturday as they played from behind for much of the contest.
The first-half featured 10 lead changes between the two squads while it was tied three more times as the Bears (3-2) took advantage of a slightly stronger shooting effort of 40.6 percent (13-32) in the opening half to lead 33-32 at the break.
Although an early second-half trey from Sailfish junior guard Lynsey Poole would knot the score at 35-35 the Sailfish lead would be short-lived.
Shaw pushed their second-half lead to as many as nine points when Shemieka Brown collected a layup with 11:21 remaining in regulation to move in front 51-42.
A 9-2 run from the Sailfish would then follow while a jumper from senior Selethia Jackson finally tied the score back at 53-53 with 8:33 to play.
While the team’s would mostly trade scores down the stretch, PBA would finally move on top with another Jackson jumper with 1:51 to play as she put her team in front 68-65.
An old-fashioned three-point play with 1:22 from Shaw’s Brittany Ransom proved to be the difference maker as her layup and free-throw tied the score at 68-68. Attempts from both sides in the final minute would fall short as overtime needed to decide a winner.
It wouldn’t take long for the Bears to extend a lead in the overtime period as PBA never led.
Another three-point play by the Bears with 1:22 left in overtime put the visitors on top by a 78-72 count, a lead that was too much to overcome for PBA.
Jackson led PBA’s scoring output with 16 points on 7-of-18 shooting while grabbing seven rebounds and two steals in 41 minutes.
Ashley Dolberry and Jordan Kong each chipped in 14 points while junior Lynsey Poole contributed 13 points, seven assists, and four rebounds in 42 minutes.
Shaw was paced by a big performance from Aslea Williams who produced game-high honors with 25 points and 18 boards in 33 minutes. Kyria Buford and Victoria Tanner added in 13 and 12 points respectively.
PBA will have a quick turnaround for their next contest as they will take on Florida Tech on Monday, December 19th at 5:30 pm in Melbourne.