Northwood Survives Early Scare from Sailfish in Women's Hoops
January 27, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Despite an electric start by the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team on Tuesday night, the Northwood University Seahawks stormed back to tie the game at halftime and move on for a 65-59 victory against the Lady Fish in the second period.
Palm Beach Atlantic (6-14) jumped ahead 13-0 on the visiting Seahawks as the Lady Fish effectively ran their offense while keeping NU on the outside settling for long-range shots that in the early going were not falling.
After keeping Northwood off the scoreboard until the 14:42 mark when a three-pointer from Taylor Wencis found the bottom of the net, the Seahawks proceeded to go on a 25-11 run over the next several minutes to take their first lead of the half on a layup by Katy Kettner with 4:22 to play.
Battling back however were the Lady Fish who would eventually tie the game at 28-28 on a pair of Chanell Byrd free-throws with just over a minute remaining in the first-half. That score would stand as both teams entered the locker room all knotted up.
The Seahawks started out on fire in the second-half including going on a 10-2 run highlighted by four points from Caitlin Noble and thee-pointers from both Wencis and Daniels to give the Seahawks a 40-30 lead.
Both teams would trade baskets for much of the next few minutes with the Fish chipping away at the Seahawks lead. After getting to within three points on a tip-in basket from PBA center Kristine Webb, NU would again get hot from beyond the arc to push their lead back to double-digits.
Although NU’s lead would dwindle to as few as six points with a Melissa Perez shot near the buzzer, the Hawks kept PBA away from a potential game-tying basket.
The Sailfish did have some solid performances as they continue to try and find the best combination of players on the court.
Webb posted a career night with 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field while also pulling down eight rebounds in 39 minutes of action. The 6’4” transfer from Winthrop University was fed consistently in the post by PBA’s guards on the wings.
One of those guards was freshman Lynsey Poole who shot a solid 4-of-5 from the field to the tune of nine points while also grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out five assists.
Perez was the only other player beyond Webb to reach double-figures for the Fish as she added in 11 points in 31 minutes of court time.
The Seahawks were led by 14 points from Taylor Wencis who also dished out nine assists in the victory. Northwood’s bench also proved productive with 14 points from Christina Daniels and 11 from Sissy Ryan.
Not afraid to launch an outside shot, the Seahawks put up 35 attempts from beyond the arc while connecting on 13 of those tries for a 37% three-point shooting mark. NU also won the rebounding battle as they pulled down 43 boards compared to that of 32 for the Sailfish.
PBA will next travel to Ave Maria University on Thursday, January 29th for a scheduled 7 pm game. The Fish defeated AMU earlier in the month by a score of 65-39.