Sailfish Run Out of Gas Against No. 13 Rollins
January 22, 2014
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Palm Beach Atlantic women’s basketball team took on another NCAA Top 25 opponent on Wednesday night, this time No. 13 Rollins College, and once again the Sailfish fell just short in the end, losing 64-58 in the Rubin Arena.
With the defensive-minded Rollins in town, both teams struggled out of the gate to get the offense going in. PBA shot a respectable 38% (11-for-29) from the floor, while holding RC to 32% (11-for-34) in the first half, but it was the Tars defensive effort in the latter half that made the difference.
Leading the Tars 29-27 at the break, the Sailfish only managed to shoot 29% (10-of-34) from the floor in the second stanza. Rollins attempted 13 of their 17 free throws in the second half, and connected on 77% of them.
Palm Beach Atlantic shot 33% (21-of-63) for the game, while Rollins ended the contest with a 38% (24-of-63) mark. The Tars held the edge in rebounds (43-40) and also forced PBA into one more turnover (15-14) than they committed.
The Sailfish were led in scoring once again by Kasie Parker, who finished the game with 19 points. The senior connected on 8-of-9 from the free throw line and also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. Kristie Mason continued her hot stretch of late, knocking down three shots from long range en route to 16 total points.
Congratulations are in order for Rollins’ senior Sarah Blackburn who scored her 1,000 career point during the contest, and finished the game with 12.
PBA returns to action on Saturday, taking on the revenge-minded Florida Southern College Moccasins, starting at 2 PM.