Barry Rebounds From Slow Start to Hold On Over Sailfish

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- In one of the strangest games one might see, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team jumped out to a 19-1 lead before allowing the Barry University Buccaneers to claw their way back into contention before eventually taking down PBA on Monday night, all before a solid crowd at the Rubin Arena.

In the end however, the Bucs were to much for the young Sailfish and took the game by a tally of 58-49.

With the Bucs coming up empty on their first 25 attempts from the field, the Sailfish took advantage early, with their scoring coming from a balanced attack. Many of their shots came from beyond the arc as sophomore Ashley Adkins (Nacogdoches, Texas) pushed the early Sailfish lead to 11 points when she connected on a three-pointer that banked in with 14:06 left in the first-half.

The first-half scoring wouldn’t end there as sophomore Kim Kelly (Houston, Texas) nailed a long three-point attempt as the shot clock expired to extend the Sailfish lead to 15-1. The lead would grow as large as 19-1 before the Bucs got their offensive rhythm going and turned the contest around completely.

Aided by a 21-2 run of their own, Barry went into intermission with a 24-23 advantage after such a poor shooting performance early on. The Bucs were limited to a 18.6% shooting effort in the first half, resulting mainly from their long-range woes by hitting just four of 23 attempts from beyond the arc.

The second period would once again provide its share of offensive runs for both teams, however the Buccaneers defense limited the Fish on the offensive end as PBA managed only 19 shots in the second half, despite a high percentage of 47.4% (9-19).

Outscored 34-26 in the second half on their way to victory, BU forced the Sailfish offense into 16 second-half turnovers, giving them 27 for the game.

Despite a rough shooting night of 6-26, Barry guard Princess Bailey paced the Buc’s attack with a team-high 19 points while also pulling down eight rebounds including seven on the offensive glass.

Also posting double-figures for Barry was Lucy Martinez who earned a double-double by posting 16 points and 10 rebounds as the Bucs totaled 24 offensive rebounds in the game.

Coming off a pair of 20+ point performances over the weekend, PBA sophomore Brooke Burgess once again put forth a solid effort on Monday versus Barry as she collected 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Fish. Kelly registered a team-leading total of 18 points while hitting five-of-nine shots and all seven of her free-throw attempts.

Sophomore center Haley Adcock chipped in six points, seven rebounds, and five blocked shots in the losing effort.

Continuing their torrid pace to start the 2007-2008 campaign, the Fish (1-6) will hit the road on Wednesday, November 28th when they travel to nearby Boca Raton, Florida for a matchup with Lynn University at 7:00 p.m.

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