Sailfish Make it a Season Sweep Over Flagler College With Big Senior Night Win
February 11, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Taking on their former conference rival in Flagler College on Wednesday evening at the Rubin Arena, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team earned a 48-37 victory on senior night as the Lady Fish have now won three of their last four. PBA improves to 9-16 on the season.
The Sailfish have now swept the season series with Flagler after earning a similarly close contest in St. Augustine on January 10th as they battled the Saints to a 60-53 victory.
PBA held to a 22-19 lead in the first-half as neither team could manage to get in an offensive groove.
After being honored on senior night before the game alongside Ashley Adkins, guard Melissa Perez came out six of her seven shots in the first-half. Perhaps a bit nervous in playing her final regular season home game as a Sailfish, the senior Miami Lakes native came out firing in the second-half as she made 4-of-6 shots from the field including 2-of-4 from beyond the arc.
Perez finished with game-high honors for the Fish for the fourth straight game as she collected 14 points while adding in four rebounds, three steals, and two assists in playing 39 minutes.
Backing Perez up were 11 points from junior center Kristine Webb who finished with 11 points and five rebounds. Freshmen sensations Selethia Jackson and Lynsey Poole also made their marks on the night as Jackson added in seven points and nine rebounds while Poole continued her balanced workload with six points, six assists, six rebounds, and five steals in 37 minutes of court time.
The Saints (3-20) did not feature a double-digit scorer on the night as they were held to a 24% (14-59) shooting mark overall including 4-of-20 from beyond the arc (20%).
Flagler was paced by nine points and 13 rebounds from Chanti Beckett who was one of ten players to receive court time for head coach Sheri Abbey-Nowatzski. The Saints did win the rebounding advantage over the Sailfish with 50 total boards compared to that of 31 for the Fish.
With the regular season winding down and only road contests versus Rollins College (Feb. 25) and Saint Leo University (Feb. 29), the Sailfish will next turn their attention to the upcoming National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) South Regional which PBA will host beginning Monday, February 16th. The Fish will be the #3-seed and square off against #2-seeded Tennessee Temple University (NAIA) at 6 p.m. on Monday night at the Rubin Arena. If victorious, the Sailfish will take on the winner of #1-seeded Emmanuel College and #4-seeded North Greenville University on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.