Lady Fish Earn Big Home Victory Over Eckerd College

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Lynsey Poole (Pictured) Slashes to the Basket Amidst a Number of Eckerd Defenders on Friday Evening at the Rubin Arena. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Lynsey Poole (Pictured) Slashes to the Basket Amidst a Number of Eckerd Defenders on Friday Evening at the Rubin Arena. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team picked up a monumental victory on Friday evening as they placed five players in double-figures and took down Eckerd College 70-61 at the Rubin Arena. The victory marks the third of the season for PBA after winning just one game during the entire course of last season.

Blown out by 24 points in their home meeting with the Tritons (6-4) last season in an embarrassing 80-56 thrashing by EC, the Sailfish put together perhaps their most balanced and efficient effort of the season tonight as they moved to 3-11.

Lynsey Poole, PBA’s dynamic freshman point guard, came off the PBA bench for the second consecutive game and delivered another outstanding performance as she paced the Fish with 15 points.

The Fish as they have done a number of times recently started out with a bang as the quickly jumped ahead of EC with an 8-0 run to start the game. A layup by senior Chanell Byrd at the 12:53 mark in the first-half gave the Fish a 15-5 advantage as they continued to cruise.

A pair of Melissa Perez free-throws with 6:09 remaining gave the Fish a 32-17 advantage, a lead they would increase to 18 points as Poole delivered a lay-up that left EC trailing by 18 points with 5:07 to play in the opening half. 

Down but not out, EC stormed back with their own 8-0 run to close the half as PBA nursed a 34-24 halftime lead into the lockeroom.

Chipping away at the lead for much of the second-half behind the strong inside play of Olivia Nagle, the Tritons would get as close as three-points when Nagle delivered with 3:05 remaining in the game.

Leaving Sailfish fans nervous, the strong play of the young PBA team down the stretch is what earned tonight’s hard-fought victory.

A lay-up from Cierra Harris cut PBA’s advantage to 62-58 with 2:11 remaining before back-to-back huge baskets from PBA’s Kristine Webb and Selethia Jackson pushed the lead back to a more comfortable eight points as time loomed small for the Tritons.

A few more Webb free-throws and last second attempts by the Tritons and the Fish had earned a much-needed victory.

Beyond Poole’s team-leading points total, the Fish also witnessed a 13 points seven rebounds performance from Byrd and 12 points from freshman guard Hayley Fields who has reached double-figures in back-to-back games for the Fish.

Jackson added in 11 points while Perez chipped in 10 points. Webb finished the night just outside of double-figures with nine points and four rebounds.

Nagle led all players with 26 points and 14 rebounds including nine on the offensive glass as she proved to be a force to be reckoned with under the basket. She finished 10-of-16 from the field while playing all 40 minutes of action. Kati Rausberg added 12 points off the bench as EC’s only other double-digit scorer.

PBA will take the remainder of the calendar year off as they prepare for what they hope will be an even more successful second-semester. The Fish will next suit up January 7th as they will play host to the College of St. Mary at the Rubin Arena with tip-off slated for 7 pm.

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