Lady Sailfish Play Tough But Fall Short Against Florida Tech in Home Opener

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.- With the 2007-2008 campaign now underway, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team welcomed in Florida Tech on Saturday evening as the two schools battled it out for 40 minutes with the visiting Panthers taking home a 62-46 victory.

Somewhat shorthanded because of a rash of injuries to her young squad, PBA head coach Robin Potera-Haskins, making her home debut as the leader of the Fish on Saturday evening, used a roster of seven players to put forth a strong effort against FIT.

After one half of play, the Sailfish were well in contention as they trailed by only two points at intermission with a score of 28-26.

Coming off a season in which they were winners of the highly-competitive Sunshine State Conference with an overall record of 23-7, Florida Tech used the steady outside play of Kristin Heminger to a tune of 27 points to ride out the victory.

A transfer from West Virginia University, Heminger connected on 9-19 shooting including 6-11 from beyond the arc to lead all scorers. FIT took advantage of many second and sometimes third opportunities by collecting a total of 23 offensive rebounds on the night.

On the sidelines for her first home game as the leader of the Fish, head coach Robin Potera-Haskins certainly saw some good things out of her young program.

“I’m very proud of the effort, to be down by only two points at half-time to a team who won their conference championship last season is a great step for our program,” said Potera-Haskins, a veteran of over 17 seasons as a collegiate head coach.

Leading the offensive charge for PBA was a double-double performance by sophomore Brooke Burgess (Palm City, Fla.) who tallied 17 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort. Also in double-figures was fellow sophomore Ashley Adkins who finished with 15 points but was successful on only six of 20 attempts from the field.

Now 0-2 on the season after back-to-back losses to open the season against the likes of Florida Atlantic University and Florida Tech, the Sailfish now turn their attention to Florida Memorial University which they will play on Monday, November 19th in Miami Gardens, Florida at 7:00 p.m.

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