Big Second Half Leads to 62-55 Win For PBA Over AMU
December 3, 2014
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director
AVE MARIA, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic women’s basketball erased a seven-point halftime deficit and outscored Ave Maria University by 14 in the second half to earn a tough road victory on Wednesday night from the Tom Golisano Field House, 62-55.
Sophomore Ayanna Holmes sparked the comeback in the second half with a few quick buckets, and the Sailfish converted from the free throw line to chip away at the Gyrenes’ lead. With the home team leading by one, Denisa Domiterova knocked down a big triple with just over 11 minutes left to give PBA a lead they would never relinquish.
After shooting 32% (7-for-22) in the first half, Palm Beach Atlantic turned it around in the second stanza, shooting 52% (12-for-23) from the floor and 57% (4-for-7) from behind the three-point line. The other big contributing factor to the Sailfish comeback was their effort from the free-throw line, shooting 72% (13-for-18) in the second half and 74% (17-for-23) for the game.
Turnovers played a big factor in the first-half deficit, as PBA committed 12 turnovers and forced only five. While the second half was still sloppy, with the Sailfish committing 13 more miscues for 25 total, they were able to force 15 AMU turnovers and change the course of the game.
Holmes finished with the team-high in points for PBA, netting 14 while also bringing down six rebounds. Domiterova was locked in from downtown, hitting on 4-of-6 three pointers and finishing with 13 total points. Redshirt freshman Nkiru Anyagaligbo finished the game with nine points and eight turnovers.
Palm Beach Atlantic returns to action on Friday night when they travel to Florida Southern College as part of a men’s and women’s double-header. The women’s contest will begin at 5:30 pm, with the men’s game to follow at approximately 7:30 pm.