Freshmen Shine but Lady Fish Unable to Topple UCM Jennies

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Lynsey Poole (Pictured) Paced the Fish with 17 Points on 7-of-9 Shooting Off the Bench. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Lynsey Poole (Pictured) Paced the Fish with 17 Points on 7-of-9 Shooting Off the Bench. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- While the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team got solid performances from freshmen guards Lynsey Poole and Hayley Fields on Wednesday evening, it wouldn’t be enough to take down the University of Central Missouri at the Rubin Arena. UCM took down the Sailfish by a final score of 72-62.

The Jennies (6-2) came out firing on all cylinders in the first-half as they connected on 9-of-16 shot attempts from beyond the arc for a spectacular 56% mark. The Fish (2-11) however struggled in the three-point department as they were held cold at 0-of-8. UCM entered halftime with a commanding 46-28 lead.

The second-half would feature a more disciplined defensive game-plan by PBA as they did a much better job of getting a hand in the face of the UCM shooters. The increased defensive energy and zone matchups worked to a tee as the Jennies connected on just 2-of-17 shots from beyond the arc in half number two (12%). The tables turned for the Fish who put home four of their eight attempts from downtown to help close the scoring gap to as close as seven points late in the second-half.

Lynsey Poole, PBA’s outstanding freshman point guard came off the Sailfish bench as she was injured in the team’s previous outing. Poole proved to have little rust though as she connected on 7-of-9 shots from the field as well as all three free-throw attempts and finished with 17 points.

Fellow freshman guard Hayley Fields, who has also seen her own injury issues arise in recent weeks put together a solid night of her own as she registered 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.

Senior Chanell Byrd continued her consistent offensive showing of late with 12 points while junior center Kristine Webb led the squad with nine rebounds while chipping in eight points as well. Webb also played all 40 minutes and dished out four assists from the post.

The Jennies, who hail from the strong Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association, were paced by Melia Pence who came off the bench to tally game-high honors with 24 points and seven rebounds in 31 minutes. Pence was 6-of-11 from beyond the arc as she capitalized in the first-half on some solid shooting opportunities.

Joining Pence in double-figures was forward Rebecca Roberts who posted a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Roberts help aide the Jennies rebounding advantage as they out-rebounded PBA 45-30 while grabbing 21 offensive rebounds against the Fish.

PBA will close out it’s 2008 portion of the season’s schedule on Friday, December 19th when they take on Eckerd College in the first-game of a PBA-Eckerd basketball double-header. The men’s teams will suit up at approximately 7 pm after the women at 5 pm.

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