PBA Shocks No. 20 NSU 66-60
January 21, 2015
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Palm Beach Atlantic women’s basketball team pulled an upset of epic proportions to snap their current losing skid, shocking No. 20 ranked Nova Southeastern 66-60 in the Rubin Arena on Wednesday night.
PBA trailed by seven at halftime and by as many as nine in the second half, but came back with a vengeance late for the victory, marking their first in over a month.
The comeback began with a triple from junior Mallory Motycka, and then was quickly accelerated by a Nina Krstic three that made it just a three-point affair. After another jumper from Motycka cut the deficit to one, back-to-back layups by Denisa Domiterova and Nkiru Anyagaligbo put the Sailfish ahead permanently. With under ten seconds to go and just a two point lead, sophomore Taylor Buchanan calmly sank two free throws to put the game on ice.
Palm Beach Atlantic executed an intense second half, bringing out a defense that made every shot difficult for Nova Southeastern. The Sharks shot just 34% (11-for-32) in the second stanza while the Sailfish were firing on all cylinders at 49% (16-for-33). After committing 12 turnovers in the first half, PBA turned it over just eight times in the second for 20 total while forcing NSU into 22.
The win marks the first time since February 7th, 2009 that the Sailfish beat the Sharks.
Krstic led a balanced attack for the ‘Fish on the evening, scoring 14 points thanks to a 4-for-8 mark from downtown. Anyagaligbo finished with 12 points while Janelle Cannon chipped in 11 while also bringing down seven rebounds. Sophomore Ayanna Holmes narrowly missed a double-double, snagging a game-high 11 boards and scoring nine points.
PBA hits the road again on Saturday when they play Saint Leo at 2:00 pm and try to sweep the season series from the Lions.