Holmes Shines But PBA Stumbles Against FIT, 87-75
November 18, 2014
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Ayanna Holmes had a career-best 20 points while also grabbing a personal record of 16 rebounds on Tuesday night, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough for Palm Beach Atlantic to overcome a season-high in turnovers against Florida Tech, dropping their home opener 87-75.
Holmes, a native of nearby Jupiter, Florida, came off the bench and shot 6-for-13 from the floor while also adding eight free throws for her 20 points. Her 16 rebounds were tops for the game, which included a season-high nine offensive boards.
PBA trailed by six at the break, but never quite got their footing underneath them for the game. The Sailfish turned the ball over a season-high 26 times for the game, including 16 of those in the first half. FIT was able to capitalize on those miscues, scoring 19 points off turnovers.
The final score truly doesn’t indicate how close the game was, as the Sailfish trailed by 12 points with 12:21 left in the game. Holmes combined with fellow sophomore Nikkira Brown gave Palm Beach Atlantic a major lift and brought the home team within two points with just over six minutes to play.
Unfortunately, foul trouble, which had plagued PBA all night, came into play over those last six minutes, with Florida Tech hitting on 11-of-14 charity tosses to extend their lead to the eventual 12-point margin.
Nkiru Anyagaligbo, who had to sit due to foul issues in the second half, finished the game with 15 points and five rebounds. Brown joined her and Holmes in double-figures with a career-best 11 points.
Florida Tech had tremendous performances by Kayk Wilson, who netted 28 points, Shequana Harris, who had 22 points to go along with a team-high seven rebounds, and Jasmine Brown, who finished with 16 points and was 7-for-7 from the free throw line.
Palm Beach Atlantic shot 41% (26-for-64) for the game while Florida Tech finished at 46% (28-for-61). The Sailfish were unable to connect on a single three (0-for-7) and shot just 62% (23-for-37) from the free throw line, while the Panthers were 33% (6-for-18) from downtown and converted on 68% (25-for-37) from the charity stripe.
PBA returns to action on Saturday November 22nd, when they take on NABC No. 14 Tampa at 2:00 pm in the Rubin Arena.