Jackson's Career Day Not Enough as Sailfish Narrowly Fall to Eckerd College

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

Selethia Jackson (Pictured) Put Home a Career-High 31 Points on Saturday Against Eckerd College. PBA Fell Short 65-57. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Selethia Jackson (Pictured) Put Home a Career-High 31 Points on Saturday Against Eckerd College. PBA Fell Short 65-57. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.- Senior Selethia Jackson backed up an 18-point performance on Wednesday at Rollins College with a 31-point explosion on Saturday afternoon for the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team. Unfortunately for the Sailfish, Jackson’s career-high point total wouldn’t be enough to knock off Eckerd College on Saturday who earned their 18th win of the season with a 65-57 win at the McArthur Center.

Jackson was consistent in each half as she put home 16 points in the opening 20 minutes followed by 15 more points in the second stanza. She finished 13-of-19 from the field including a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc and 2-of-2 at the foul line. She would also add in five rebounds in 38 minutes.

The Tritons (18-3) would hold the advantage from nearly the start of the contest as they took a lead at 9-6 when Kati Ruasberg delivered one of her five 3-pointers on the night as she put her team in front with 16:18 to play in the first-half.

The lead would expand to as many as 12 points in the opening half with a Jackson jumper with 2:03 remaining cutting the first-half score down to 35-25.

Palm Beach Atlantic (7-17) put together a solid first-half shooting the basketball by knocking down 10-of-19 field-goals (52.6 percent) while limiting Eckerd to a 12-of-29 showing (41.4 percent). The biggest difference came that the Tritons knocked down six 3-pointers while the Sailfish were limited to only two treys in six attempts.

A Jackson triple greeted the Tritons on the first possession of the second-half for PBA as her long-range shot got the score to within seven points (35-28) only to be matched by a Rausberg bomb on the next possession.

A Sailfish run of 7-0 over the next few minutes cut things to 38-35 as Jackson delivered another jumper with 14:16 to play in the game.

PBA forced their way back into a lead a few minutes later as a Jordan Kong 3-pointer found the bottom of the net to give the Fish a 43-42 lead with 11:19 to go.

Back-and-forth the two teams would play until a pair of Amy Buccilla free-throws gave the Tritons what would be a final lead as her shots gave the Tritons a 54-52 lead with 2:48 to play.

More free-throws would follow for Eckerd as they closed out the seven-point win.

Following Jackson in the scoring column for PBA was junior Ashley Dolberry who added in a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out in just 19 minutes of court time.

Senior Loren Wilkins chipped in eight points on a 3-of-5 shooting performance including making both her 3-point attempts.

The Fish were very successful as a team shooting from long-range as they knocked down 7-of-12 three-pointers for the game for a solid 58.3 percent.

They would finish an even 50 percent shooting from the field (22-44) while Eckerd was a more average 36.7 percent (18-49).

The big advantage for Eckerd came at the free-throw line where they were a solid 20-of-24 (83.3 percent) compared to only seven attempts (6-7) by Palm Beach Atlantic. The Tritons also forced PBA into 17 turnovers.

Eckerd was paced by Rausberg who connected for 21 points while Linsey Niles added in 17 points.

PBA’s long five game road swing finally comes to a close with them hosting Nova Southeastern University at 6 pm on Wednesday, February 15th at the Rubin Arena. 

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