Sailfish Women's Basketball Handles First Round Test at NCCAA Regional
February 16, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball program began their postseason march a little early on Monday evening as they hosted Tennessee Temple University in a first-round matchup in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) South Regional. The #3-seeded Sailfish came away with a 69-48 victory over the Lady Crusaders of TTU who were the #2-seed.
The Sailfish and Lady Crusaders jumped out to a fast start with both teams exchanging baskets in the first few minutes. The Fish finally took a lead midway through the first-half and entered the lockeroom holding on to a 35-21 advantage.
That lead would grow even further in the second-half as the Sailfish slowed things down and played smart basketball to earn the victory and move on to the NCCAA South Regional Final to be played on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. The #1-seeded Lions earned a comeback victory over #4-seeded North Greenville University in game two of Monday’s tournament action.
The Fish were paced on the night by three double-digit scorers including the fifth straight game with senior guard Melissa Perez leading the way in points as she collected 15 points total. While not the best shooting night for the Miami Lakes native, Perez did manage to cash in at the free-throw line as she knocked down 8-of-9 shots from the foul line while the Fish shot well from the charity stripe as a team going 19-of-23.
Following Perez’s big night was a solid showing from freshman guard Jordan Kong off the bench. Known for her ability to hit the long-ball at times, Kong finished a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc while going 3-of-4 at the line for 14 points.
Junior Chanell Byrd added in a nice overall game as well as the junior swing player for the Fish tallied 12 points, seven assists, and five rebounds in 28 minutes of court time. Freshman Selethia Jackson pulled down 11 boards and chipped in six points while Kristine Webb came through with a solid night overall with eight points and eight rebounds.
Tennessee Temple was led by 17 points from point guard Elisa Harding while Courtney Atkinson and Stephanie Lovett added in 14 and 12 points respectively.