Sailfish Fall in Nail Biter to Florida Tech

Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director

Courtesy Ron HilliardCourtesy Ron Hilliard

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A last second three by Hannah Grim rimmed in and out as the Sailfish couldn’t complete a second half comeback attempt on Saturday, falling to Florida Tech 61-58.

Neither team was able to shoot the ball well from the floor as the Panthers (8-7, 3-5 SSC) shot just 36 percent with the Sailfish (6-10, 2-7) finishing at 32 percent. The ‘Fish made just 4-of-17 from beyond the arc with FIT not a lot better in the game at 3-of-13.

After the teams traded leads early in the first quarter, the Panthers broke a 6-6 tie with a layup by Gudlaug Juliusdottir and led throughout the remainder of the game. The Sailfish had several chances as they cut the deficit down from double figures to one twice in the final two minutes. The ‘Fish were down 57-56 with just over a minute left and got a good look inside but couldn’t convert a layup.

Later inside of a minute to go it was a Sailfish turnover that cost them a chance to take the lead then after FIT’s DeLise Williams made two free throws Grim’s final shot from 25 feet went in and out. She finished with 15 points on the night and a team-high six assists but as just about everyone did on the night, struggled to shoot the ball. Grim was just 4-of-19 from the floor and was 2-of-9 from beyond the arc.

Ayanna Holmes led the team with 19 points, doing most of her damage at the free throw line by making 11-of-12. She shot just 4-of-10 from the floor overall. The Sailfish happened to shoot it well from the charity stripe, making 22-of-27 in the game including 12-of-14 in the second half. Grim was 5-of-5 and Ciara Cumbie made 5-of-6 from the free throw line.

The Sailfish were able to outrebound the taller Panthers 40-38 as Jane Svilberg pulled down a team-high eight boards. She added seven points, three blocks and three steals for an all-around solid effort.. Rachael Holehouse added four assists for the ‘Fish while Katie Meckus scored six points and had four rebounds off the bench.

PBA will play the next four games inside Rubin Arena with a week off to prepare for Tampa who makes the trip to West Palm Beach on Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. The Spartans defeted the ‘Fish 65-50 back on Nov. 30 in Tampa. The teams swapped home games to accommodate PBA hosting the NCAA South Region Volleyball Tournament last semester.

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