Lady Sailfish Take Big Victory in Overtime Over Florida Memorial
December 3, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Desperately needing a victory after a number of heartbreaking losses in recent weeks, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team received a big lift on Wednesday evening as they tallied a 57-56 victory in overtime over Florida Memorial University as the young Fish saw contributions from a variety of sources.
After last season produced only one victory for the Sailfish, the team got off to a great start with a home opening victory over St. Thomas University. It would take eight more tries to reach that elusive second victory before the Fish could notch their second win of the young season.
Leading 29-24 at the half, the Fish came out in the second-half hoping to seal off any comeback efforts from the Lions. That wouldn’t be the case tonight as the Lions went on a 8-0 run midway through the second-half to take a 46-45 lead with 8:20 left in the contest.
After the Fish took the lead back, it would be the Lions turn again as Sudanne Stewart launched a three-pointer that tied the game at 49-49 with 4:16 to play in regulation.
The lead would be pushed to three points with 2:29 to go as Dominique Butler connected for a tip-in basket and a foul to give the Lions a three point advantage at 54-41. The next few minutes would result in a number of missed opportunities for both teams as the Fish called timeout with 34 seconds remaining and trailing by three points.
Needing a big play, head coach Robin Potera-Haskins wisely inserted freshman Jordan Kong. Known for her three-point abilities, Kong brushed off her early season shooting woes as she received a solid screen and drilled a three-pointer from the top of the key to tie the contest for the 12th time in the game.
After a failed offensive series by Florida Memorial at the end of regulation sent the two teams into overtime, both teams would continue to struggle to break the other’s defensive game plan.
In fact, neither squad was able to register a field-goal in the first few minutes of the overtime period. With one minute remaining Kiesha Alexander came away with a bucket and gave her team a 56-54 advantage. After the team’s exchanged failed opportunities, the Fish would turn to freshman standout Lynsey Poole.
With three-seconds remaining, Poole drove the left side and put up a miraculous one hand shot underneath the basket that swished home while also drawing a crucial FMU foul.
A solid free-throw shooter all season long, Poole buried the extra shot and left little time for FMU to capitalize as their inbounds effort was for naught and sent the Fish to the lockeroom with a hard-fought 57-56 victory.
Poole’s final three-point play was part of her game-high 17 point performance as the Atlanta, Georgia product finished 7-of-11 from the field while pulling down four rebounds and dishing out three assists.
Chanell Byrd, another one of the many newcomers for PBA this season, finished with 16 points on 7-of-13 from the field. Kristine Webb added in another solid performance from the paint as she posted final totals of nine points and 11 rebounds. The 6’4” transfer from Winthrop University also swatted four big blocks.
Adding up the final totals, of the players on the court for PBA tonight, 53 of the 57 points scored came from players in their first year with the team. Senior guard Melissa Perez was the only returnee who scored as she registered four points.
PBA will welcome in the University of Tampa for their next outing as they host the Spartans on Saturday, December 6th at 2 pm. The men’s teams will follow with a 4 pm tip-off.