Florida Southern Dials Up the Long Range Shooting as Fish Stumble at Home

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Chanell Byrd (Pictured) Played 30 Minutes on Tuesday Night and Collected Eleven Points on 4-of-9 Shooting. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Chanell Byrd (Pictured) Played 30 Minutes on Tuesday Night and Collected Eleven Points on 4-of-9 Shooting. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Florida Southern College women’s basketball team came into Tuesday night’s game against Palm Beach Atlantic University on a roll as they were victorious in their first five games of the season. That trend continued at the Rubin Arena tonight as the Lady Mocs cruised to an 80-57 road victory over the Sailfish.

Behind a strong outside shooting effort that included 14 made three-pointers with nine coming in the first-half, the Mocs (6-0) came away with a relatively easy victory. It didn’t help matters for the Fish having two starters, Brooke Burgess and Hayley Fields, on the bench nursing injuries.

Freshman Megan Dzikas came away with 20 points including 18 in the first-half as the Mocs “sixth-man” continues to punish her opponents as a dangerous outside threat. Dzikas finished 4-of-7 from beyond the arc while adding in four steals.

Alli Fogle shook off a rough start as she went 4-of-5 from three-point land in the second-half as she finished with 15 points and eight rebounds in the victory. Chelsea Johnson, who came into the ballgame averaging over 17 points per game, chipped in 10 points and five rebounds. Kirstin McIntyre rounded out the double-figures scoring for FSC with 10 points off the bench.

The Sailfish jumped out to a 7-0 lead to start the game including the first five points from freshman forward Selethia Jackson. Seemingly gaining more confidence with each game this season, the Riveria Beach native earned a career-high 17 points on the night while hitting 7-of-13 shots from the field and bringing down seven boards.

Junior center Kristine Webb continued her good work in the paint as she just missed out on her third consecutive double-double and finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. Senior Chanell Byrd also added in 11 points for PBA.

After a tough 38% (11-29) shooting effort in the first-half, the Fish rebounded for a solid 50% (12-24) effort in half number two. Despite these efforts the Moccasins were up ahead by too much to allow for a PBA comeback as they went into the lockeroom at halftime with a 44-27 lead.

The Fish will have little time to rest as they will take on Florida Memorial University on Wednesday when they host the Lions for the first of two PBA basketball games on Wednesday night at the Rubin Arena. The Lady Sailfish tip-off at 5 pm followed by the men’s game against Rollins College at approximately 7 pm.

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