'Fish Rally to Win 4th Straight, Down Lynn 60-53

Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director

Box Score

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic jumped out to a 17-11 lead after the first quarter, but needed a strong second half to secure a 60-53 win over Lynn University on Wednesday evening at the de Hoernle Center.

After jumping out to a 17-11 lead after the first quarter the Sailfish (7-9) fell behind by halftime, 30-27. Lynn pushed their lead out to eight midway through the third before PBA began to fight back. Janelle Cannon and Hannah Grim came alive after halftime and brought the ‘Fish back in the third, combining for 12 of the team’s 14 in the period. Grim scored seven in the period with Cannon adding five late to pull PBA within two at the end of the period.

Darsan DeShazier hit a triple to tie it 48-48 and then an 18-footer to give ‘Fish lead 50-48 with 6:46 to play in the final period, a lead PBA never surrendered. Grim and Cannon scored six of the team’s final 10 points as Nkiru Anyagaligbo added four. She finished with 10 points off the bench as Cannon led all players with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Grim added 12 points.

In the second quarter the Fighting Knights fought back after trailing by six after the first, outscoring the ‘Fish 19-11 as Lynn took a 30-27 lead into halftime. Both teams struggled protecting the ball in the half, with 22 combined turnovers. Fourteen of those came from the ‘Fish as they finished with 22 in the game. PBA shot just 37.5 percent in the first half and finished at 36.5 percent.

Nikkira Brown helped keep the ‘Fish close in the second quarter, scoring six of her eight first-half points in the second quarter. She finished the game with eight points, four rebounds and three assists. Brown scored six of the team’s 10 points in the second quarter as she made all three of her field goal attempts in the half including the team’s only triple.

Nkiru Anyagaligbo and Janelle Cannon led the Sailfish after the first quarter with six points each. Anyagaligbo picked up her second foul earlier in the second quarter and had to sit most of the quarter.

The ‘Fish took advantage of the free throw line as Lynn (2-14) struggled. PBA made 19-of-26 at the stripe led by Cannon’s 9-of-12 shooting. Grim made 5-of-6 as PBA made 13 trips in each half. Lynn made just 9-of-15 at the line. They shot 32.8 percent from the floor in the game, making just 4-of-19 from downtown. PBA also struggled from deep, making 3-of-15 attempts.

The win over Lynn is the sixth over the Fighting Knights since 2007-08 and the first since the 2013-14 season. The fourth consecutive win is the longest streak since the team won five straight at the end of the 2010-11 season.

The ‘Fish will put their streak on the line on Saturday as they make the trip to Eckerd for a 2 p.m. Saturday tip. The Tritons defeated the ‘Fish 64-56 in overtime back in November in Rubin Arena.

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