Sailfish's Streak Snapped by Embry-Riddle

Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic put their five-game winning streak on the line Wednesday night against Embry-Riddle and came up short, falling to the Eagles 63-60 to suffer their first loss since Jan. 2.

Janelle Cannon scored 10 points in the first quarter as the ‘Fish took a 14-13 lead into the first break. The senior connected on 5-of-6 from the floor and also grabbed four rebounds. The ‘Fish trailed 11-4 early on but Cannon went on her own 10-0 run to give the Sailfish the lead again.

Cannon continued her torrid pace in the second quarter putting up 12 points in the quarter to end the half with 22 of the team’s 35 points. She made 10-of-13 from the floor in the half and also led the team with five rebounds and three blocks.

The second half was a different story for Cannon and the Sailfish as Embry-Riddle adjusted their defense to keep the ball out of Cannon’s hands. Hannah Grim scored five points in the third as Ayanna Holmes added four to keep the Sailfish on top 49-43 after three.

In the fourth, the Eagles started the quarter on a 13-6 run to take a 56-55 lead on a layup from Mercedes Jorge. The Sailfish were unable to retake the lead, missing their final four shots from the floor. The ‘Fish pulled within two inside the final four seconds on a free throw by Darsan DeShazier. Needing to miss the second one, she did but the ‘Fish couldn’t grab the rebound and secured the win with a pair of free throws.

The Sailfish shot 41.2 percent (14-34) from the floor in the first half but made just 27.6 percent (8-29) in the second half. Embry-Riddle responded after shooting 38.7 percent in the first half and made 46.4 percent in the second half. Embry-Riddle connected on 7-of-20 from beyond the arc led by Sabrina Whiting’s 5-of-9 shooting and team-high 23 points.

Cannon finished the game with 27 points and 10 rebounds as Holmes added 14 points and eight boards. Those two combined to shoot 16-of-28 while the rest of the team struggled, shooting just 6-of-35. Embry-Riddle owned the battle on the glass, pulling down 45 rebounds to PBA’s 38. The ‘Fish did manage 10 offensive rebounds but scored just four second chance points. The Eagles scored 34 points in the paint while the ‘Fish managed 26.

PBA is back in action on Saturday against No. 12 Nova Southeastern at 2 p.m. The Sharks defeated the ‘Fish in the first meeting, 80-66 in Davie.

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