PBA's Comeback Falls Short, Tripped Up By FIT, 93-83
November 16, 2013
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications
WINTER PARK, Fla. – The Palm Beach Atlantic women’s basketball team gave another strong effort on Saturday afternoon, but ultimately fell in a shootout at the hands of Florida Tech, 93-83 in the finale of the Rollins College Classic.
After battling with the Panthers into halftime, with PBA shooting 52% (13-of-25) and FIT shooting 53% (16-of-30) from the floor, the Sailfish still trailed, 47-39. Senior Kasie Parker had 13 points at the break, and would finish the game with 21.
The latter part of the second half once again proved vital for the course of the contest. With just 10:27 left on the clock, Palm Beach Atlantic erased their eight-point halftime deficit and tied the game at 65-65. Just when PBA had seemingly gotten the momentum, FIT went on a 16-2 run and took it right back. The Sailfish would fight their way back once again, cutting the lead down to five points with just over two minutes left in the game, but the Panthers would ice the game over and came away with the victory.
Leading Palm Beach Atlantic in scoring for the second game in a row was forward Jaz Green, who finished the game with a double-double of 27 points and 14 rebounds. The senior transfer was named to the Rollins Classic All-Tournament team.
Sophomore Kristie Mason chipped in nine points, draining 3-of-5 from behind the three point arc, while freshman duo Alecha Gibbs and Ayanna Holmes continue to hold their own against top-flight competition, with both forwards grabbing six rebounds, Gibbs scoring seven points, and Holmes adding six. Fellow freshman Taylor Buchanan also grabbed six boards.
Palm Beach Atlantic shot 45% (26-for-58) from the floor, while Florida Tech shot an eye-popping 54% (30-for-56) for the game. Both teams connected on 50% (6-for-12) of their three-point attempts, and both had their struggles from the free throw line. FIT shot 27-of-40 (68%) from the charity stripe, while PBA connected on 25-of-38 (66%).
The Sailfish return to the friendly confines of the Rubin Arena on Wednesday, November 20th, taking on the Eckerd College Tritons at 7:00 PM.