Senior Night Spoiled by Strong Flagler Effort as Sailfish Fall
February 22, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The contributions of the four Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball senior members from the 2011-12 team will not soon be forgotten. Their efforts over their four-year careers were honored following Wednesday’s season finale at the Rubin Arena versus Flagler College. The Saints made a strong second-half comeback as they upset the Fish with a 57-51 victory.
Following the spirited contest, Palm Beach Atlantic head coach Clarisse Garcia and her team joined with the fans on hand to honor the four PBA seniors of: Jordan Kong, Hayley Fields, Loren Wilkins and Selethia Jackson.
The talented foursome stand as the most durable players in program history as they each played at least 91 games in their career with Jackson topping the list with 106 games played.
On Wednesday it would be the Saints (4-21) who proved durable as they shook off what would be as big a PBA lead as 13 points in the second-half into a six-point win on the Sailfish home floor.
The comeback started and ended with defense as the Saints interior defense plugged the holes of the PBA passing lanes throughout the second-half. This opened up some outside shooting opportunities, 33 in all, for the PBA shooters but the Fish would finish the night connecting on only 21.2 percent (7-33) from long-range.
After the two teams battled tightly over the first seven minutes of the contest as Flagler held a slim 11-9 lead, the Saints would extend their advantage to as many as six points on a layup underneath by Jen Knurek that gave FC a 19-13 lead with 6:32 to go in the first-half.
A 10-3 run by Palm Beach Atlantic would close out the half as they turned the tables and led 28-23 at the break.
The late spurt in the first-half would carry over to the second-half as well when the Fish pushed their advantage to as many as 13 points on a 3-pointer by Fields with 16:07 to go as PBA appeared in full control up 38-25.
An 8-0 run by the Saints would follow and get them right back in the thick of things before then pushing even closer a few minutes later as a free-throw from Knurek with 7:27 to play tied the score at 45-45.
The final tie of the game came with a Jackson layup as a 49-49 score would be as close to a victory as PBA would get down the stretch.
Flagler extended their lead on a Shelbi Lindsey jumper on the next possession and then cash out the game at the free-throw line as PBA’s attempts at a late comeback fell short.
Fields saved one of her best games of the season for her last as she led all PBA scorers with 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting including 5-of-13 from beyond the arc.
Jackson added a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds with three blocks while Ashley Dolberry chipped in nine points and six rebounds off the bench.
Flagler was paced by Treva Mason who tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds.