Sluggish Second Half Dooms Sailfish, Fall 67-55 To Pirates

Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director

Sophomore Nikkira Brown (Pictured) Scored A Career-High 14 Points In Friday Afternoon's Loss To Armstrong Atlantic (Photo Credit: Damon Higgins).Sophomore Nikkira Brown (Pictured) Scored A Career-High 14 Points In Friday Afternoon's Loss To Armstrong Atlantic (Photo Credit: Damon Higgins).

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic women’s basketball got out to a sluggish start to the second half that ultimately led to their demise on Friday afternoon, as the visiting Armstrong State Pirates took down the Sailfish 67-55 in the opening game of the Marriott Thanksgiving Tournament from the Rubin Arena.

After leading at the break 28-24, PBA was stymied for the first three minutes of the second half when ASU went on a 13-0 run. The Sailfish were never really ever able to recover from the flurry of scoring, getting only as close as five points the rest of the way.

Turnovers were the main fuel for the Pirates’ comeback, forcing the Sailfish into 11 second half miscues. Armstrong State was also able to turn the PBA mistakes into points, outscoring Palm Beach Atlantic 18-3 in points off turnovers in the second half.

After a strong first half where PBA held ASU to just 27% (8-for-30) while shooting 39% (12-for-31) themselves, it was a complete role reversal in the second half. Palm Beach Atlantic managed just 22% (7-for-32) from the floor while Armstrong State shot 56% (15-for-27) to put the game out of reach for the Sailfish.

The Pirates won the rebounding battle 39-36 and also forced the Sailfish into more turnovers, 22-21.

Nkiru Anyagaligbo turned in another double-double for the Sailfish, scoring a team-high 15 points while also bringing down 13 rebounds. Sophomore Nikkira Brown added a solid night with a career-best 14 points and added four assists and three steals.

It’s a short turnaround for PBA, as they play host to day two of the Marriott Thanksgiving Tournament by welcoming Clayton State University to the Rubin Arena at Noon Saturday, November 29th.

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