Sailfish Tame Lions Again with Strong Second Half

Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications

Freshman Taylor Peterson Set a New Career High in Points On Monday, Dropping In 15 Against Saint LeoFreshman Taylor Peterson Set a New Career High in Points On Monday, Dropping In 15 Against Saint Leo

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The hot second half shooting from Palm Beach Atlantic led to a victory on Monday night in the Rubin Arena, shooting 43.3% from the field en route to a 68-56 defeat of Saint Leo University.

The freshman duo of Kristie Mason and Taylor Peterson led the way for PBA, with each scoring 15 points. The senior pair of Ashley Dolberry and Lynsey Poole also added 11 points in an all-around effort for the Sailfish.

The victory marks the second time this season that PBA has taken down Saint Leo.

The Sailfish went into the halftime break with a slim 23-22 lead thanks to a balanced scoring attack. No one had more than five points, and three players had four. The second half, however, belonged to PBA.

After shooting 10% (1-for-10) from the three point line in the first half, Palm Beach Atlantic went 6-for-13 (46.2%) in the second. Mason went 3-for-5 and Peterson connected on 2-of-2.

When it came down to crunch time, the Sailfish seniors stepped up. After Saint Leo cut the lead down to seven points with just over two minutes remaining in the game, Dolberry calmly sank two free throws to push the lead back to nine. Poole iced the game with two free throws of her own with 11 seconds left in the game.

Though outrebounded 41-24, Palm Beach Atlantic wasn’t hurt by the extra Saint Leo possessions. The Sailfish forced the Lions into 20 turnovers, while committing just seven themselves. PBA finished the game shooting 38.3% (23-of-60) from the floor and 30.4% (7-of-23) from behind the arc.

Kimmi McIntosh finished the game with six points and tied her season-high in assists with eight. She also grabbed four rebounds.

Mason averaged 19 points and four rebounds in two games against Saint Leo this season, while Peterson’s 15 points marked a new career-high for the freshman.

PBA (2-5) is back in action on the road against the Lynn Fighting Knights this Friday at 5:30 pm.

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