Poor Shooting Display Sinks Sailfish Chances of Knocking Off Mocs

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

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LAKELAND, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball program traveled across the state of Florida on Wednesday evening to take part in a midweek basketball double-header with Florida Southern College at the Jenkins Fieldhouse. Unfortunately for the Lady Fish their shots were not consistently falling against a talented FSC side that turned in a 59-39 win over PBA.

A deep and talented team, the Moccasins (15-3) would utilize 11 players including five that would score between 8 and 10 points on the night as they too shook off an average shooting night to claim the home victory.

Neither team could top the 30 percent clip in the opening half as the Mocs narrowly outdid the Fish by knocking down 8-of-29 first-half field goals (27.6 percent) while PBA saw 7-of-30 shots go down (23.3 percent).

This tough shooting display left the Mocs with a narrow 20-16 lead.

Selethia Jackson poured in 12 of her team’s 16 points in the opening half as she connected on 6-of-13 shots in the opening period while Melanie Ducott added a team-best eight points off the bench for the Mocs.

With just a four point deficit at the half, the Fish would hope to regroup in the second stanza and put together a more potent offensive attack.

A 3-pointer from junior guard Lynsey Poole cut the lead down to just one point on the opening possession of the second-half for PBA as the Mocs clung to a 20-19 lead with 19:30 to play.

From that point however the Mocs would assert their power and put together a 19-2 run over the next eight minutes and push their advantage to a more healthy 39-21 lead with 11:30 to play.

From that point it would mostly be FSC maintaining their lead as they closed out the win by a 20-point spread.

Jackson finished with game-high honors of 15 points on the night as she registered a shooting performance of 7-of-21 while adding in six rebounds and five steals in 40 minutes.

Loren Wilkins added in eight points while Hayley Fields chipped in six points off the bench.

Overall the Fish finished shooting 25 percent (16-64) for the contest while the Mocs registered a 46.9 percent (15-32) mark in the second-half to finish at 37.7 percent (23-61) for the game.

Palm Beach Atlantic made only three total trips to the free-throw line for the game.

Florida Southern was led by 10 points and 10 rebounds from Michaela Hawley and 10 points and seven boards from Tracy Fosterling.

PBA will be back to the court on Wednesday, February 1st as they will travel to Miami Shores, Florida for the second time this season for a third-overall meeting with the Barry University Buccaneers. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 pm.

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