Women's Basketball Puts Together Another Solid Showing Despite Defeat

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Chanell Byrd (Pictured) Tallied 12 points and 7 Rebounds on Wednesday Night. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Chanell Byrd (Pictured) Tallied 12 points and 7 Rebounds on Wednesday Night. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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TAMPA, Fla.- Playing without their top scorer and rebounder in Brooke Burgess, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team still nearly upset the University of Tampa on Wednesday evening as they traveled across the state to take on the Spartans. A second-half push by UT propelled the Spartans to victory as they took the game 59-52.

Once again putting together a solid defensive effort in holding their opponent to just 59 points, the Sailfish (1-5) simply couldn’t get the key baskets they needed down the stretch as UT (4-1) came from behind as they trailed by as many as 12 points in the second-half.

One of the many bright spots for head coach Robin Potera-Haskins was the inside play of junior center Kristine Webb who led the Fish with 14 points while playing all 40 minutes. With Burgess sidelined with an injury in last night’s contest versus Saint Leo University, the Fish needed the 6’4” Webb to really step up her game. It showed tonight as Webb connected on 7-of-15 shots from the field while also adding in 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season.

Playing alongside Webb in the front-court was freshman standout Selethia Jackson who continues to make strides each game on both ends of the floor. Scoring just five points on the night, Jackson made a considerable impact on the defensive end as the Riveria Beach native pulled down a season-high 14 rebounds.

Senior Chanell Byrd added in 12 points and seven boards as she returned to the starting lineup. Freshman point guard Lynsey Poole scored just five points on the night but did add in six rebounds and six assists in the tough loss.

Tampa was led by two double-figures scorers in Gianna Messina with 13 points followed up by Hailee Sullivan who registered 17 points off the Spartans bench, doing most of her damage from beyond the arc as she hit 5-of-7 attempts from long range.

The Fish will take the next two days off for the Thanksgiving holiday and return to action on Saturday, November 29th as they take on Palm Beach County rival Lynn University at 2 pm in the Rubin Arena. The PBA men’s team will then take on Barry University at 4 pm.

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