Second Half Breakdown Leads Dolphins Past Sailfish 72-62
December 20, 2014
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director
MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Palm Beach Atlantic women’s basketball team suffered another tough fate on day two of the Carmax Florida Tech Holiday Tournament, falling 72-62 at the hands of LeMoyne College on Saturday afternoon at the Clemente Center.
For the second straight day, PBA held a double-digit lead in the second half and struggled to contain their opponents’ attack. The Dolphins scored 47 second-half points and shot 52% (13-for-25) from the field. LC also went 4-for-9 from beyond the three-point line and knocked down 17 free throws.
With 17:52 remaining in the game, the Sailfish held their biggest lead of the second-half at 12. Over the next three minutes LeMoyne jumped back into the game thanks to an 11-1 run. Six minutes later the Dolphins gained a 52-51 advantage that they would never relinquish and eventually extended their lead to as many as 10 down the stretch.
Palm Beach Atlantic shot 34% (20-for-59) for the game and 27% (3-for-11) from downtown. After going 7-for-8 from the charity stripe in the opening half, the Sailfish hit on 12-of-20 in the second half for a final 68% (19-for-28) mark. LeMoyne finished the game with a 43% (23-for-54) tally from the floor, 33% (5-for-15) from behind the three-point line, and 81% (21-for-26) from the free-throw line.
The Sailfish had four players finish the game in double-figures, with Ayanna Holmes and Kimmi McIntosh leading the way with 13 points apiece. Nina Krstic added 12 points and Nikkira Brown chipped in 10. Holmes led the way on the rebounding front with seven, while junior Natalie Wood pulled down a career-high six boards.
LeMoyne was led by senior Alex Marple, who poured in 17 second half points and 26 total, while fellow senior Emily Greer added 17.
PBA will return to action on December 31st when they take on Palm Beach County rival Lynn University at 2:00 pm in Boca Raton to wrap up the 2014 portion of the season.