Lady Fish Stamp Their Ticket to NCCAA National Tournament with Regional Win

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Melissa Perez (Pictured) Came Up Huge in the NCCAA Regional Championship With 24 Points. Melissa Perez (Pictured) Came Up Huge in the NCCAA Regional Championship With 24 Points.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team overcame a 13-point halftime deficit on Tuesday evening against Emmanuel College in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) South Regional Tournament final and earned a 60-56 victory in what was a memorable night for all who attended at the Rubin Arena.

The Lady Lions, who were ranked #1 in the NCCAA National rankings coming into the regional tournament and held that same distinction against the #3-ranked Sailfish on Tuesday night, jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first-half thanks in large part to the amazing outside shooting of their guards.

The Sailfish would adjust however and limit the Lions to only 2-of-13 from beyond the arc in the second-half and ride their solid defensive effort to a four-point victory.

Senior Melissa Perez led the Fish with 24 points on the night on 6-of-11 shooting including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc and 8-of-10 at the free-throw line.

Chanell Byrd led the squad with a double-double effort pulling down 11 rebounds to go along with her 15 points. Lynsey Poole chipped in eight points.

The Regional Championship bring the Fish their first-ever berth to the NCCAA National Tournament beginning March 12th-14th at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana.

Stay tuned for more details on this game and the national tournament.

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