Buccaneers Too Strong Down the Stretch as they Down Fish in Women's Hoops

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Selethia Jackson (Pictured) Battles Against Two Barry University Defenders on Friday Night. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Selethia Jackson (Pictured) Battles Against Two Barry University Defenders on Friday Night. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Putting together a much better all-around effort than in their earlier week meeting with Rollins College, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team showed improved performance on both ends of the floor against Barry University on Friday night. In the end however, the veteran Bucs pulled away and took the contest by a final score of 58-48.

Ranked #2 in the Sunshine State Conference polls, Barry remains undefeated as they improve to 3-0 while PBA drops to 1-2 on the season.

From the looks of things at the onset, it appeared as if the Fish would start the way they left off earlier in the week against Rollins as the Bucs jumped out to a 7-0 lead including five points from guard standout Princess Bailey.

Things would turn back in the favor of the Fish when Lynsey Poole started a 12-0 run for PBA with a layup at the 18:14 mark in the first-half. Once again proving to be a game of offensive runs by both teams, Barry jumped back ahead and would hold the lead until the Fish re-tied the contest at 16-16 on an inside lay-up from junior Brook Burgess.

From that point on it would be all Fish in the first-half as they never trailed, building a lead to as large as seven points and entering the lockeroom clinging to a 28-25 lead.

Once again battling each other in the second-half, the Sailfish were pushed hard by a stingy Buccaneers full-court press which resulted in 15 second-half turnovers for PBA compared to that of just five miscues in the first-half of play.

After trading baskets most of the second-half, Barry would take the lead for good with 7:51 remaining in the contest on a three-pointer from Shanna Suttington as the Bucs went ahead 46-45.

Both teams utilized a very balanced scoring load as the top scorer for the Bucs was forward Alisha Sanford with 12 points and Burgess with 12 points for the Blue and White.

Burgess finished the contest with her second double-double of the season while bringing down 11 rebounds to go with her 12 points. Senior Chanell Byrd and freshman Hayley Fields both just missed out on double-figures with nine points each.

Freshman point guard Lynsey Poole once again proved to be electric at times with the ball in her hands to the tune of seven points, eight assists, and two steals but also fell victim at times to the swarming press of BU with eight turnovers.

Following Sanford in points for Barry was guard Lucy Martinez with 11 points and 11 assists while forward Marissa Greene chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds to aide the Buccaneer victory.

Bailey struggled with foul trouble for much of the game as she played only 23 minutes however the lighting quick point guard still managed nine points and eight rebounds.

Both teams proved solid from the free-throw line as PBA connected on 9-of-10 attempts while Barry came away with a 17-for-20 mark. The Bucs held the advantage on the boards as they out-rebounded the Fish by a 45-34 total.

The Fish will be back in action on Saturday as they will be traveling to Florida Memorial University for a 5 pm showdown at FMU. 

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