Sailfish Hold On for Big First Victory of 2009 Over College of Saint Mary
January 7, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Picking up where they left off in their final outing of 2008, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team came away with a hard-fought 56-47 victory on Wednesday evening to the hands of the College of Saint Mary Lady Flames at the Rubin Arena.
Now 4-11 and winners of their past two outings over Eckerd College on December 19th and tonight against CSM, the Fish continue to improve on each night as they seek to improve the program. The loss dropped the Lady Flames to 1-14 on the season as they lost for the second time in as many nights after dropping a contest last night to West Palm Beaches’ other main college foe, Northwood University.
While not their best effort in the shooting department with a final shooting percentage of just 38% (23-61), the Lady Fish did improve in the second-half as they pulled away for the victory after holding a slim 25-21 halftime advantage.
The Flames utilized the hot outside shooting of reserve guard Laurie Carlson as she was a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc and tallied 12 of the team’s 21 points in the opening 20 minutes.
PBA finished the night with three players reaching double-figures and were led by senior Chanell Byrd with 14 points. The Mesquite, Texas native and first-year PBA player netted a final total of 6-of-11 shooting while also pulling down nine rebounds. Freshman Lynsey Poole continued to provide a big spark off the Sailfish bench and came away with 13 points despite a tough night shooting the basketball as the electric point guard was just 6-of-15. Poole also added in six assists, five rebounds, and three steals to lead the squad.
Senior Melissa Perez was the other Sailfish to net double-figures as she collected 10 points while hitting a pair of three-pointers. Center Kristine Webb finished with a solid night of nine points and 12 rebounds as the Fish edged the Flames in the rebounding category of just 43-42.
After her big first-half, Laurie Carlson was held to just one point in the second-half but still managed to lead the team with 13 points. Katie Long and Lindsey Carlson each added in nine points while Jennifer Perkins played a big role off the bench in the second period with eight points and nine boards.
Now on a two game winning streak, the Fish will take Thursday off and return to the court on Friday for a matchup with Ave Maria University. A rare midweek afternoon contest, the Fish will take on AMU at 3 pm on Friday, December 9th in the Rubin Arena.