Wild 4th Quarter Propels 'Fish to Victory over Tampa

Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Four free throws and two technical fouls with 3:45 to play helped lift the Sailfish to their second straight win, a 65-56 victory over the University of Tampa at Rubin Arena on Wednesday night.

The ‘Fish led by two before Tampa’s head coach Tom Jessee was assessed two consecutive technical fouls and ejected from the game, giving the ‘Fish four free throws. Ayanna Holmes stepped up and connected on all four attempts to push the lead out to six. Tampa’s Elena de Alfredo connected on her only trey moments later to cut the lead to three but Nikkira Brown hit a layup and Nkiru Anyagaligbo followed with a layup of her own to push the lead back to seven and seal the victory, the first for the ‘Fish in seven tries.

Holmes led PBA (5-9) with 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting, scoring six points in both quarters after halftime. She added six rebounds and made 6-of-7 from the free throw line on a day where both teams struggled shooting the ball from the line.

Tampa made just 6-of-19 from the free throw line while the ‘Fish were marginally better at 13-of-22. Hannah Grim made 5-of-6 at the line and two threes, finishing with 13 points. She narrowly missed a double-double with nine rebounds and also added two assists and two steals. Janelle Cannon added 14 points and also finished one rebound shy of a double-double.

PBA outscored Tampa 24-14 in the final quarter to overcome a 42-41 deficit entering the final quarter. In addition to Holmes’ six in the fourth, Cannon also scored six and Grim added five in the quarter to lead the Sailfish.

Tampa didn’t get a point off the bench on the night while the ‘Fish had 11. Brown led the bench squad with five points as Anyagaligbo added four and Rachael Holehouse scored her first points of the season, finishing with two. Anyagaligbo added nine rebounds in 24 minutes of action as the ‘Fish outrebounded the Spartans 45-41 on the night.

The Sailfish capitalized on turnovers and second chance buckets, outscoring Tampa in both categories. PBA had 15 points off of 13 Spartan turnovers while Tampa scored just two points off of 10 Sailfish giveaways. The Sailfish also turned eight offensive rebounds into 12 points as Tampa scored just six points off of five offensive rebounds.

The win over Tampa snaps a seven game losing streak to the Spartans and is the first win since Nov. 16, 2011 when the ‘Fish won 56-38 in Rubin Arena.

These two teams will meet again later this season as the Sailfish travel to Tampa on Feb. 13.

The Sailfish are back in action on Saturday at 2 p.m. as they make the trip to Winter Park to take on Rollins College.

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