Women's Basketball Secures Season Opening Win at the Rubin Arena

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Chanell Byrd (Pictured) Was One of Many PBA Newcomers Making a Big Impact on Saturday as She Tallied 10 Points, 8 Rebounds, and 4 Blocks. Chanell Byrd (Pictured) Was One of Many PBA Newcomers Making a Big Impact on Saturday as She Tallied 10 Points, 8 Rebounds, and 4 Blocks.

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- In front of a nice crowd on Saturday afternoon, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team got their 2008-2009 season off in the right direction as they took down a pesky St. Thomas University squad by a final score of 58-51.

Winners of only one game last season in what turned into a very trying season for the Sailfish players, coaching staff, and fans, the new-look Fish gave the Sailfish faithful reasons to believe in a bright future as they begin 2008 with a perfect 1-0 record.

With four new starters from a season ago, the Fish came out with some obvious jitters and fell behind the Bobcats in the opening minutes. STU would jump ahead 9-2 before witnessing the Fish come back with an 8-0 run that ended with newcomer Kristine Webb tallying a basket at the 13:03 mark to put the Fish ahead for the first time at 10-9.

After trading baskets over the next few possessions, the Fish would take a 16-14 lead on a Loren Wilkins jumper with 8:49 left in the opening period; giving the Fish a lead they would never relinquish.

Entering halftime, PBA held to a 29-21 lead as they began to take control of the tempo and style of play nearing intermission.

The lead would grow to as many as 11 points in the second-half as freshman standout Lynsey Poole connected for her first three-pointer of her collegiate career at the 14:14 mark in the second-half, pushing the PBA advantage to 36-25.

Junior Brooke Burgess, an All-Independent Collegiate Athletic Association (ICAA) First-Team selection from a year ago, started this season with another typical game as the 6’1” forward poured in team-high honors with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Having averaged a “double-double” last season, Burgess continued to shine today as she connected on 5-of-11 shots from the field and 6-of-10 attempts from the free-throw line.

Not alone in double-figures, Burgess was joined by Poole with 13 points in her debut followed by a 10 point, eight rebound performance from senior Chanell Byrd. Having sat out all last season with a knee injury, Byrd also came through with a team-high four blocks including two in the final minutes to preserve the PBA win.

On the St. Thomas side, the Bobcats rode the strong interior play of Dominique Collier who led all scorers with 21 points off the STU bench. Hitting 8-of-10 shots from the field, Collier also proved efficient at the charity stripe as she visited eight times while making five free-throws.

Having beat the Fish 54-50 in their matchup a season ago, the Bobcats utilized the strong shooting of their All-Conference backcourt in Cindy Castrillon and Carissa Staiano. Today would not be their day however as Castrillon shot just 2-of-14 from the field for eight points while Staiano was nearly as poor with 2-of-13 performance from the field.

The Cats were just 3-of-20 from three-point range.

PBA will welcome in Rollins College for their next outing as the Tars and Sailfish will go at it on Wednesday, November 19th at 7 pm in the Rubin Arena.

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