Lady Sailfish Close Out Basketball Season at Home Versus Tampa

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- After a pregame ceremony honoring senior Marthany Jean-Baptiste, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team went to work on Saturday afternoon at the Rubin Arena, and despite a nice effort fell to the high-powered Spartans of the University of Tampa by a final score of 73-42.

Enduring a season of rebuilding, the Sailfish and first-year head coach Robin Potera-Haskins once again proved that they have valuable pieces returning next season which will undoubtedly produce a better overall product for the 2008-2009 campaign.

Two of those valuable pieces come in the form of the PBA front-court duo of sophomores Brooke Burgess (Palm City, Fla.) and Haley Adcock (Monroe, Ga.) who each posted 11 points against UT.

Playing in her final collegiate game, Jean-Baptiste led the Sailfish on the boards as she did as she always seems to do and that is play hard 100% of the time. The 5’11” Lake Park, Florida native grabbed six rebounds while playing 32 minutes in the season finale.

Sophomore Melissa Perez (Miami Lakes, Fla.) fell just outside of double-figures with nine points while hitting 3-of-8 attempts from beyond the arc.

The Spartans, now 20-5 and battling hard for a championship in the highly-competitive Sunshine State Conference, were led by the strong interior play of Sheena Walton who registered a double-double performance with 19 points and 11 rebounds in 32 minutes of action.

Guards Brittany Ridley and Hailee Sullivan each reached double-digits in points as well with 11 and 10 points respectively.

Doomed by a poor shooting effort, PBA was held to just a 25% shooting percentage (14-56) while UT connected for nearly a 47% clip (29-62). The Spartans also won the rebounding battle as UT pulled down 47 rebounds compared to that of only 29 for the Fish.

With a strong sophomore class returning next season as well the incoming recruiting class of Coach Potera-Haskins, the Fish will look to greater heights than they showed during this year’s campaign. PBA will also welcome back the services of junior Chanell Bryd (Mesquite, Texas) and Nikki Desira (Northville, Mich.) who are both currently working hard recovering from season-ending surgeries.

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