Sailfish Shock Sharks at Home with Big Victory in Women's Hoops
February 7, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Leading the entire game, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team fought off a late comeback attempt by Nova Southeastern University on Saturday afternoon and held on for an emotional 57-53 victory.
Three PBA players reached double-figures in the game including a team-high 16 points from senior Melissa Perez who has now led the team in scoring two of the last three games for the Fish.
PBA jumped ahead 6-0 to start the game including four points from junior center Kristine Webb. Back-to-back baskets from NSU’s Lindsey Newpher got things back to a close ball game at 8-7 with the Sailfish still in front at the 16:02 mark in the first-half.
The Fish would proceed with another run of their own over the next few minutes as they stretched their lead to 15-7 that concluded with a layup from Selethia Jackson with 13:40 to play in the first-half.
After trading baskets for much of the rest of the first-half, the Sharks would regain the momentum and cut the Sailfish lead to two points at 24-22 when Eliza Allen connected from beyond the arc.
The Sailfish entered halftime with a more comfortable 31-24 lead behind Perez’s team-high 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc.
The second-half featured both teams struggling to hit shots at times with PBA doing a solid job of slowly but surely extending their lead as they pushed the advantage to as many as 12 points when a Perez three-pointer found the bottom of the net with 9:32 remaining in the ballgame.
Give the Sharks credit however as they started to make a consistent effort to find 6’5” junior center Stephanie Sarosi who finished with a solid 14 points, although she averages nearly 20 points per contest.
NSU cut the PBA lead to as close as two points down the stretch as Sarosi went up and under to put the score at 55-53 with only 16 seconds remaining. Freshman point guard Lynsey Poole connected on 3-of-4 free-throws in the final seconds to clinch the monumental victory.
Following Perez in the scoring column for PBA was Jackson who completed her afternoon with 15 points on 6-of-13 field-goals with seven rebounds and Chanell Byrd who added in 13 points and six rebounds. Perez led the squad with nine rebounds.
Poole played an all-around great game as the Atlanta, Georgia product added in seven points, eight assists, five rebounds, and two steals in 35 minutes. Byrd, Webb, and Jackson all played 40 minutes.
After Sarosi’s team-leading 14 points, Allen added in nine points off the bench while Abbie Tepe chipped in eight points.
The Fish will be back in action next week as they host Flagler College for Senior Night on Wednesday, February 11th at 7 p.m. in the Rubin Arena.