Sailfish Stumble against Bears, Fall 73-59

Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications

Freshman Mallory Motyka Poured In a Career-Best 18 Points on 4-of-4 Shooting from Beyond The ArcFreshman Mallory Motyka Poured In a Career-Best 18 Points on 4-of-4 Shooting from Beyond The Arc

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic gave No. 11 Shaw University a run for their money on Monday afternoon, and despite career games from Taylor Peterson and Mallory Motyka, the Sailfish ran out of gas in the second half, falling to the Bears 73-59 in the Rubin Arena.

The final score doesn’t indicate how close of a matchup the afternoon’s game was. Palm Beach Atlantic trailed by just five at halftime and had the score tied midway through the second period. The Shaw depth was just too much for the Sailfish to handle, with the Bears’ reserves outscoring PBA’s, 42-0.

It was a defensive-minded first half, as neither team shot over 29.0% from the field. The second half was better for both teams, but Shaw had the upper hand once again. The Bears shot 48.3% from the field, including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, the Sailfish shot 37.1% from the field on 4-of-11 shooting from downtown.

Just four players found their way to the PBA scorer’s book, with Peterson leading the way with 19. It was a career-best for Petey, who knocked down three treys and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds.

Motyka, starting in her second-straight game, poured in 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor, including 4-of-4 from downtown.

Ashley Dolberry also finished in double figures, dropping in 16 points before fouling out.

The only other Sailfish to score was Kristie Mason, who added six points.

Lynsey Poole was held scoreless for the first time this season, but the senior tied a career-best in assists with seven.

It was a chippy game on both sides, with two Shaw players drawing technical fouls and PBA committing 23 personal fouls. Unfortunately, the Sailfish weren’t able to cash in on their free throw attempts, going just 9-for-16 (56.3%) from the line. The Bears out-rebounded the Sailfish by a whopping 57-27 margin.

Palm Beach Atlantic is back in action Tuesday night at 7 p.m. against Cameron University.

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