Out rebounded and Outscored as the Fish Fall to the Knights
December 5, 2007
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- After playing them tough on Saturday, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team didn’t end with the same fate on Wednesday evening at the Rubin Arena as Lynn University cruised to a 63-48 victory.
Facing a 53-41 rebounding deficit including allowing the Knights to manage 21 offensive rebounds, the Fish gave Lynn to many second and sometimes third chances as PBA was unable to knock off the undefeated Fighting Knights (7-0).
After the first period of play saw the Fish trailing by a tally of 33-24, it appeared they would be able to make a charge with the way things started after intermission.
Back-to-back baskets by sophomore center Haley Adcock (Monroe, Ga.) followed up by two free-throws by Brooke Burgess (Palm City, Fla./Jensen Beach HS) cut the lead to 30-33 but Lynn who prove their worth as they to would prepare to make a run.
A tip-in by Burgess with 15:28 left would put the score at 41-38 in favor of the Knights as the Fish would never get closer. A 15-2 run over the next several minutes put the game away from a Lynn perspective and they cruised down the stretch on their way to an easy road victory, their second road win of the young season.
LU used the dominant inside play of junior Rachel Brockman (Noblesville, Ind.) to the tune of 23 points on 9-of-19 shooting while also grabbing 12 rebounds. A transfer from Vanderbilt University, the 6’3” Brockman made basket-after-basket inside the paint to fuel the Knights attack.
Lynn placed only one other scorer in double-figures on the night with Junior Jade Williams (Orlando, Fla./Boone HS) knocking down 15 points despite a poor shooting night of 3-of-16 from the field. Williams was effective however at the free-throw line by collecting 7-of-8 attempts while also providing 10 rebounds.
Palm Beach Atlantic was once again paced by the inside play of Burgess who tallied 17 points and 13 rebounds to earn her fifth straight double-double. Fellow sophomore Ashley Adkins (Nacogdoches, Texas) earned nine points but was successful on only four of sixteen shots from the field.
Typically a solid three-point shooting team, the Sailfish were held in check by the Knights as they were limited to only seven shots from beyond the arc including only managing one successful shot.
Both teams struggled with turnovers as PBA registered 23 miscues while Lynn turned in 22 turnovers during the contest.
Now 1-8 on the season, head coach Robin Potera-Haskins and the Sailfish will look to right the ship when they host Saint Leo University on Friday with tip-off scheduled for 7 pm in the Rubin Arena.