Sailfish Keep Surging, Knock Off Eckerd for First Time Since 2008

Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Palm Beach Atlantic women’s basketball continues to win at a historic level after knocking off Eckerd College 71-64 on Saturday afternoon, their first win over the Tritons since Dec. 2008, breaking a 14-game losing streak.

The Sailfish (8-9) held Eckerd (9-7) to just three points in the second quarter as they overcame an 18-14 first quarter deficit to take a 30-21 halftime lead. The Tritons missed all 15 field goal attempts in the quarter and shot just 20.6 percent in the half. The ‘Fish shot 38.7 percent in the first 20 minutes led by Ayanna Holmes’ 11 points and four rebounds.

Holmes finished with a game-high 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting. She also grabbed seven rebounds. Janelle Cannon led the team with 10 rebounds and scored eight points with six assists.

The Sailfish pushed their lead out to 11 points in the third quarter before Eckerd chipped away and closed to within one at 55-54 with 6:37 left but Holmes answered with a three-point play after an offensive rebound to push the lead back up to four.

PBA got the lead back to eight on a jumper by Cannon with 3:46 left before Eckerd again chipped away, getting the deficit down to four. The ‘Fish made free throws down the stretch as Hannah Grim and Nkiru Anyagaligbo both made a pair at the stripe to get the lead back to eight with under a minute left, sealing the victory.

Grim added 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting as the ‘Fish shot 51.9 percent in the second half and 44.8 percent for the game. Eight players scored in the game for PBA with five scoring between six and eight points. Anyagaligbo scored seven and grabbed nine boards while Darsan DeShazier, Nina Krstic and Rachael Holehouse each scored six points.

PBA has now snapped long losing streaks in four of their last five victories, matching a program-best five-game winning streak set at the end of the 2010-11 season.

The ‘Fish finally return to Rubin Arena on Wednesday to take on Embry-Riddle at 5:30 p.m. The Eagles knocked off the Sailfish in Daytona Beach, 62-56 in overtime.

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