Sailfish Complete Season Sweep Over Knights, Win 64-61
January 4, 2014
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic’s women’s basketball team made a bit of history on Saturday afternoon, taking down the Lynn University Fighting Knights 64-61 at the de Hoernele Center for the first time in program history.
PBA had never defeated Lynn away from the friendly confines of the Rubin Arena before the three-point victory, and have now improved their season record to 7-10.
The Sailfish took control of the game early on, grabbing a 30-29 halftime lead. Lynn outshot PBA from the floor (34% to 31%) and from behind the three-point line (28% to 17%), but the ‘Fish knocked down nine free throws while the Knights only attempted four.
It looked like PBA had stuck the final nail in the coffin at the 7:10 mark, extending their lead to 13 points, but the Fighting Knights would not go away. Lynn outscored Palm Beach Atlantic 20-10 over the remainder of the game, but two Jaz Green free throws with just 23 second remaining secured the win for the Sailfish.
Green led the scoring along with Kristie Mason, who both poured in 15 points. Green did most of her work in the paint and at the free throw line, grabbing eight rebounds and connecting on 7-of-8 from the charity stripe. Mason knocked down three shots from long range to help reach her total. Leading scorer Kasie Parker hit double-figures for the seventh straight game, finishing with 11. Freshman Alecha Gibbs fell just one point and one rebound shy of a double-double, tallying nine points and grabbing nine boards.
Overall, the Sailfish shot 36% (20-for-55) from the floor, while the Fighting Knights shot 35% (22-for-63). Lynn shot 29% (8-for-28) from behind the three-point line, and PBA shot just 23% (3-for-13). Free throw shooting contributed heavily to the victory for Palm Beach Atlantic, who shot 78% (21-for-27) from the line while Lynn shot 69% (9-for-13).
Palm Beach Atlantic returns to action tomorrow afternoon to take on NCAA Division I opponent Florida International University. Tip off time is slated for 2:00 PM.