WATCH: Lady Panthers Hosts Flagler Tonight
By Florida Tech Athletic Communications // December 15, 2014
Panthers take on Saints at 7 p.m.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Having not played since Dec. 6, the Florida Tech Panthers hope an eight-day layoff won’t stand in their way of an eighth consecutive ‘W’ as they prepare to face the Flagler Saints Monday at 7 p.m. in the midst of their five-game homestand.
The Panthers can breathe a sigh of relief knowing for sure they won’t have Williesha “Shorty” Spencer standing in their way in this year’s matchup with the Saints.
A season ago, the NCAA Division II All-American averaged 21.4 points per game and tallied 23 points to pave the way as Flagler outlasted Florida Tech by a final score of 95-81.
The 95 points given up were a season-high for the Panthers in 2013-14. Florida Tech had no answer for the Flagler offense, surrendering nine three-pointers and sending the Saints to the free throw line a hefty 31 times.
However, the Crimson and Gray enter Monday as the lone undefeated squad in the Sunshine State Conference. The depth and contributions from an array of players have played a significant role in Florida Tech’s exciting start. Through the program’s first seven contests, 11 different players have averaged over eight minutes per night.
The fresh legs gave the Panthers the advantage in their 76-60 trouncing of conference foe Eckerd over one week ago.
Trailing by a point at the break, Florida Tech limited the Tritons to 19 second-half points, forcing them to shoot just 1-of-10 from beyond the arc.
In contrast, FIT received five triples apiece from seniors Jasmire Brown and Kayk Wilson. Wilson recorded a game-high 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting, while Brown added 17 points along with seven boards.
Having gone an even longer stretch between contests, 18 days to be exact, the Flagler Saints (2-3) enter riding a two-game win streak after their 66-49 triumph over Puerto Rico-Mayaguez back on Nov. 26.
Behind a balanced attack, the Saints outscored Puerto Rico-Mayaguez 36-16 in the opening half en route to the comfortable victory. The Saints had six players chip in seven points or more on the night, including junior Teosha Ray’s team-high 13.
In addition to Ray, head coach Erika Lang-Montgomery’s club will lean on center Treva Mason. Averaging 15.8 points and 10.6 rebounds per game, Mason has tallied at least 11 points and eight boards in each of her first five games.
Each of Flagler’s three losses thus far have come by way of SSC competition.
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