Sailfish Hang On To Defeat Auburn Montgomery

Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director

Courtesy Ron Hilliard

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A bucket by Ciara Cumbie with less than a minute to play gave the Sailfish a lead and ultimately a win, 71-69 over Auburn Montgomery on Saturday night. The Sailfish held on to win in the final seconds to start the season 2-0. AUM falls to 0-2 in the early going.

Cumbie finished with 11 points and eight rebounds off the bench for the ‘Fish and no two points were more important than her final two with 41 seconds to play. Mina Salhia spun to the baseline and found a cutting Cumbie coming down the lane and the redshirt freshman collected herself and finished with some contact to put PBA on top. She couldn’t complete the three-point play leaving some hope for the Warhawks.

AUM missed on their next possession and after Cumbie pulled down the rebound, the Sailfish called a timeout. A turnover on an offensive foul before the Sailfish could get the ball back in bounds gave the Warhawks another chance. After a miss AUM got the ball again on the rebound and kicked it outside, missing their final chance as the horn sounded.

Ayanna Holmes led the Sailfish with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, playing just 25 minutes due to foul trouble. She pulled down three rebounds and handed out two assists while collecting four steals. Caroline Patrick added nine points on three triples as did Mina Salhia. Salhia added three assists but it was Jane Svilberg who led the way with four. PBA assisted on 17 of their 25 field goals.

PBA shot 43 percent from the floor in the game while the Warhawks shot 50 percent. AUM made 8-of-19 from long range while PBA connected on 10-of-31. The ‘Fish made just 11-of-20 from the free throw line but Rachael Holehouse made all four of her attempts and finished with eight points. PBA pulled down 37 rebounds to just 28 for AUM. Svilberg led the way with nine boards including four on the offensive glass.

The Sailfish held a 39-33 lead at halftime after trailing by six after the opening quarter. There were 10 lead changes and 11 ties in the game including four in the final quarter. The Sailfish got 35 points from the bench.

At the conclusion of the game Holmes and Cumbie were named to the PBA Tip-Off Classic All-Tournament team. They were joined by AUM's Grace Farnsworth who finished the game with 19 points and nine rebounds. Also named to the team were Lynn's Jaylen Snipes and Shaunt'e Tucker as well as UPR - Rio Piedras' Jaqueline Rosario. Holmes was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament with 33 total points and 12 rebounds.

The ‘Fish open up play against Sunshine State Conference teams on Wednesday as they travel to Nova Southeastern for a 5:30 p.m. tip.

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