Barry Holds Off PBA's Comeback Effort in Miami Shores
December 28, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
MIAMI SHORES, Fla.- Playing with a short bench, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team still nearly toppled Barry University on Wednesday evening despite ending the game with only five healthy and available bodies. After trailing by two points (37-35) at halftime the ladies were within striking distance down the stretch but a veteran Buccaneers side held on for a home win by a score of 63-59.
Playing each other due to a cancellation by Wilmington University against both BU and PBA, the two squads were both coming off extended time away from the court due to the Christmas holiday.
Despite the long layoff from time as a team on the hardwood, both teams came out firing on all cylinders in the first-half as both squads topped 50 percent shooting in the opening half.
A jumper by BU forward Alexandria Zamora lifted the Bucs (6-3) to a first-half high lead of eight points with 8:29 to go as her basket pushed the Red and Black to a 29-21 advantage.
From there the Fish would net back-to-back 3-point baskets from seniors Jordan Kong and Selethia Jackson while layups from senior Loren Wilkins and freshman Corissa Archer would tie the game a few minutes later at 31-31 with 4:49 to go.
A jumper from senior Ashley Dolberry just before the halftime buzzer would leave the Fish trailing by just a basket going into the locker room.
Jackson caught fire in the first-half as she made 6-of-7 shots for 13 points in only 14 minutes before having to leave the game with an injury.
Zamora posted 11 points to lead Barry in the opening half while making all four of her field-goals.
Dolberry would begin the second-half the same way she concluded the first-half as her game-tying bucket on the Sailfish first possession would be followed up by a Wilkins layup that gave PBA a brief two point lead at 39-37 just a minute into the second-half.
From that point the Bucs would regroup and run off a 14-2 run that was highlighted by a Jackie Perez three-ball that went down with 10:57 to play and pushed BU’s advantage to double-figures (51-41).
After a PBA timeout the Fish would fight their way back into a more manageable deficit down the stretch including getting as close as two points with 1:57 to go after a Kong 3-pointer found the bottom of the net to cut the lead to 58-56.
The Buccaneers however would hit a few key shots and take care of the basketball in the final two minutes and hold on for the four point victory over the Sailfish.
Zamora led all players with 17 points while managing a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds while adding in three blocks in 28 minutes of court time.
PBA finished with four starters in double-figures paced by Wilkins with 14 points and six rebounds while Dolberry and Kong added in 12 and 10 points respectively. Jackson did not return following her 13 point production in the first-half because of the injury.
Wilkins and Kong were joined by junior Lynsey Poole in playing all 40 minutes while Archer chipped in with a career-high 26 minutes of time off the bench playing for the injured Jackson. Archer finished with four points, four rebounds, and three blocks.
After shooting 53.8 percent (14-26) in the opening half, the Bucs were limited to 30.8 percent (8-26) in the second period including just eight made field goals.
The Fish were limited to a 34.6 percent (9-26) showing from the field in the second-half after posting a solid 51.7 percent (15-29) shooting performance in the opening half.
The Sailfish will turn their attention to an upcoming trip to Valdosta State University on Friday, December 31st in Valdosta, Georgia. The teams will take to the court at 2 pm versus the Blazers.