Sailfish Spoil Senior Day for Panthers
February 24, 2016
Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director
MELBOURNE, Fla. – An offensive outburst by the Sailfish in the first half powered the team over .500 for the first time this season as PBA defeated Florida Tech 82-67 on Wednesday night at the Clemente Center.
The Sailfish (13-12) jumped out to a 28-14 lead in the first quarter as the team forced seven turnovers in the first ten minutes with Hannah Grim collecting five steals. Grim scored eight of her 22 points in the quarter as Ayanna Holmes added nine in the quarter. The Sailfish made 61.1 percent of their field goals in the quarter on their way to 55.6 percent shooting in the game.
PBA led by 18 at halftime as Holmes seven more in the second quarter to go into the break with a game-high 16 points. Holmes made 7-of-10 field goals in the half and finished the game 9-of-13. Grim made 10-of-15 in the game including two of the team’s four threes.
The lead reach 26 early in the fourth quarter, the largest of the night. PBA lead 69-45 after the third outscoring the Panthers (17-11) by six in the third. Grim scored seven straight to start the period as the Sailfish pushed the lead over 20 for the first time. Janelle Cannon scored four free throws in the final seconds of the third before Ayanna Holmes scored off an assist from Cannon to start the fourth as the lead reached its zenith.
Cannon went on to score 12 points with 12 rebounds and seven assists. The double-double is the sixth of the season for Cannon which leads the team. Rachael Holehouse notched a career-high with 12 points, scoring eight in the first half. She made 8-of-10 free throws and also grabbed five rebounds.
The bench scored 13 points led by Nikkira Brown’s eight as the junior made all three field goal attempts including a pair of triples. PBA took advantage of turnovers all night, using 18 turnovers to score 26 points. The Sailfish also scored 20 points on fast break while the Panthers scored 11 off turnovers and just six fast break points.
The win ties the program record for wins in a season during the Division II era, matching the total from the 2008-09 season. The ‘Fish can set a new record on senior night, Saturday at 2 p.m. against Rollins.