PBA Gives No. 8 Colorado Mesa Run For Their Money, Fall 70-59

Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Palm Beach Atlantic gave No. 8 Colorado Mesa University a run for their money on Friday night at the opening of the Colorado Christian Tournament, falling short against the Mavericks 70-59 from the CCU Event Center.

PBA battled their way to a halftime lead of 36-35, riding the strong play of reserve post player Ayanna Holmes. The sophomore forward came off the bench to score nine points in the first half, finishing with 12 for the game.

The Sailfish made their way to the line 20 times in the first half and connected on 15 of their free tosses. Holmes went 9-for-10, while Nikkira Brown and Taylor Buchanan added two apiece. The Mavericks on the other hand, didn’t attempt a free throw in the first half.

Colorado Mesa showed why they were voted the No. 8 team in NCAA Division II with their second half performance, erasing the halftime deficit and pulling out the 11-point victory. The Mavericks shot an outstanding 47% from the floor for the game, including 45% (14-for-31) in the decisive second half.

After going to the line 20 times in the first half, Palm Beach Atlantic only managed to return to the line four times in the second stanza. The Sailfish were held to just 31% (10-for-32) in the second half after shooting 41% (9-for-22) in the first.

Leading the way for Palm Beach Atlantic in the first game of the season was redshirt-freshman Nkiru Anyagaligbo, who had 14 points, six rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Holmes’ 12 points were a career-best, and newcomer Nina Krstic netted 10 in her debut in the blue and white.

It’s a short turnaround for the Sailfish as they return to action Saturday afternoon taking on host Colorado Christian University at 7 pm EST.

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