Sharks Handle Sailfish Attack in Hard-Nosed Contest at the Rubin Arena
February 15, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team welcomed in Nova Southeastern University on Wednesday evening at the Rubin Arena. The contest marked the first home game for the Sailfish since January 17th. Although the Fish would overcome an early deficit and close the gap, the Sharks proved to be too much to handle late as they pulled away for a 69-51 victory.
With the Fish having only seven healthy players available for the contest, the game would see the Blue and White rely heavily on their upperclassmen for production and leadership.
Although they would play hard for the full 40 minutes, the frequent substitutions by the Sharks (14-9) kept the Fish from closing a second-half gap.
After a 37 percent (10-27) shooting effort in the first-half that saw the Fish trail by only nine points (36-27) at the break, the suffocating defensive pressure put on by the Sharks in the second-half limited PBA to just a 19.4 percent (6-31) shooting mark.
Nova countered by shooting over 50 percent in each half as they overcame 17 turnovers.
Junior Ashley Dolberry led PBA’s scoring efforts on the night with 14 points as she also collected six rebounds. Senior Selethia Jackson posted 13 points and eight rebounds while playing the full 40 minutes.
Nova Southeastern was paced by a strong offensive showing from guard Meixandra Porter who poured in game-high honors of 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting while Jasmine Wilkins and Danielle Robinson each topped double-figures as well with 11 points and 10 points respectively.
Palm Beach Atlantic will host Senior Night on Wednesday, February 22nd when they take on Flagler College at 6 pm.