Palm Beach Atlantic Unable to Complete Season Sweep Over Spartans

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

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TAMPA, Fla.- After knocking off the University of Tampa women’s basketball team by 18 points for the team’s first victory of the 2011-12 season back in November, the Palm Beach Atlantic ladies would have the tables turned on them on Saturday evening by dropping a 65-45 decision on the Spartans home court. The Sailfish struggled shooting the basketball, especially in the first-half to the tune of a 25.9 percent mark (7-27), as they were unable to put together a comeback effort at the Martinez Center.

Tampa (8-9) center Jaleesa Harmon put together a big performance on Saturday with a game-high 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the field as her solid inside play would open up outside shooting opportunities for her teammates.

The Spartans would knock down 6-of-13 shots from beyond the arc including an impressive 4-of-6 in the second-half as they held off any PBA hopes for a comeback victory on the road.

After a Selethia Jackson jumper put the Fish on top early with a 6-4 advantage, the Spartans would respond with a 19-0 run to move in front 23-6 with only 6:27 remaining in the half.

The Fish would respond with a solid run to end the half but still trailed 27-14 heading into the locker room.

Jackson would tally 10 of Palm Beach Atlantic’s 14 first-half points while Harmon and Sarah Wickham each posted 10 points of their own as UT nailed down a 46.2 percent (12-26) shooting performance.

The second-half would feature an even better outside effort from the Spartans as they increased their lead to as many as 29 points in claiming their eighth win of the season.

Jackson concluded the game with 14 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the field while senior Hayley Fields chipped in with 13 points off the bench including a 3-of-6 effort from beyond the arc.

Palm Beach Atlantic will be back in action on Wednesday, January 25th as they will battle Florida Southern College at 5:30 pm in Lakeland, Florida. 

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