Lady Mocs Earn Lopsided Victory on Sailfish Home Court

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- After a strong first half of play which witnessed the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball trailing by single digits, the Lady Moccasins of Florida Southern College put together an impressive offensive output in the second half on their way to downing the Fish by a score of 75-51.

After Florida Southern jumped to a 6-0 start to begin the game, the Sailfish battled back and even took the lead 13-12 when sophomore Haley Adcock (Monroe, Ga.) banked in a fade-away jumper at the 12:45 mark in the first half. That lead would be short-lived however as the Mocs proceeded with a 8-0 scoring run of their own to push the advantage to 20-13 with just over eight minutes to play in the half.

Trading baskets most of the rest of the half, Adcock connected on a pair of free-throws to round out the scoring for PBA and pushing the halftime scoring total to 29-21 in favor of Florida Southern.

The second half unfortunately would have a different ring to it all together. After a Kim Kelly (Missouri City, Texas) jumper cut the lead to six points to open the second-half, it would be nearly all Mocs as they opened up a 39-21 advantage over the next 15 or so minutes and effectively put the game out of reach with under five minutes to play in the ball game.

Utilizing a balanced attack, FSC (12-7) placed three players in double-figures while 10 players total reached the book in the scoring column. The Lady Moccasins were led by Chelsea Johnson who finished with 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting from the floor in only 20 minutes of court time. Kquanise Byrd and Emer Foley also reached double figures for FSC with 14 and 10 points respectively.

On the Sailfish side, sophomore Brooke Burgess led all players with 17 points while connecting on 7-of-14 shots from the field and 3-of-6 from the free-throw line. Fellow sophomores Adcock and Kelly pitched in 10 points each with point guard Melissa Perez falling just outside the double-digits barrier with nine points while hitting all three of her shots from beyond the arc.

Now 1-22 on the season, PBA will take the rest of the week off before traveling to Winter Park, Florida on Monday, February 4th for a showdown with the Rollins College Tars at 7 pm.

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