'Fish Fall Short at Florida Southern
February 3, 2016
Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director
LAKELAND, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic women’s basketball fell to Florida Southern on Wednesday night, 83-76 at Jenkins Field House despite a near triple-double by Janelle Cannon.
Cannon scored 16 points and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds and dished out a game-high nine assists but the ‘Fish shot just 43.1 percent while FSC connected on 50.9 percent including 11 triples. PBA (9-11) made just 2-of-13 from downtown.
Hannah Grim led the ‘Fish with 21 points on 10-of-20 shooting. The sophomore scored 16 points in the second half including 12 in the third quarter as the Sailfish took their biggest lead at eight during the quarter.
The ‘Fish rallied in the second quarter to tie the game at 32-32 at halftime and carried the momentum into the second half. Cannon scored in the lane and was fouled to put PBA up three from the start of the third. Grim followed by scoring the next seven points for the ‘Fish as the bumped their lead up to six at 41-35.
After the Mocs closed to four, Nina Krstic and Grim followed with buckets to push the lead to eight, 49-41, with 4:39 to go in the quarter. The Mocs outscored the Sailfish 13-2 the rest of the quarter to take a 54-51 lead heading into the final frame.
PBA closed the gap to one on a layup from Nkiru Anyagaligbo with 5:23 to play but the Mocs answered with a three from Camille Giardina. After two free throws from Krstic cut into the lead again the Mocs again answered with a 6-0 run to push the lead out to eight. The Mocs made 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
Anyagaligbo scored 13 points off the bench for the Sailfish with 11 coming in the first half. Ayanna Holmes added eight points in the first half as the frontcourt duo scored 19 of the team’s 32. Holmes finished the game with 17 points and eight rebounds. Krstic added seven points.
The Sailfish are back in action on Saturday as they head down to Barry to battle the Bucs for the second time this season. PBA won the first meeting 71-43 back on Dec. 5.