Florida Tech Women Look To Stay Undefeated Today
By Florida Tech Athletic Communications // January 3, 2015
FIT sitting at a perfect 10-0
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Not many teams have threatened Florida Tech through the season’s first two months, but the Panthers expect play to ramp up as they dive into the heart of their conference schedule when they travel to Saint Leo Saturday at 2 p.m.
Sitting at a perfect 10-0, Florida Tech has knocked off its opponents by an average 21.4 points thus far, winning by double digits in all but one contest.
The start is head coach John Reynolds’ best since 2008-09 when his club began 11-0. However, even that year Florida Tech failed to finish .500 in the Sunshine State Conference, proving the league’s consistent depth from top to bottom.
Florida Tech’s lone SSC game against Eckerd this season has been the only time the Panthers have failed to take a lead into the locker room.
Trailing 41-40 at the break, the Crimson and Gray clamped down on the defensive end en route to a decisive 76-60 victory.
However, it’s usually the offensive firepower that time and time again seems to subdue the competition. FIT enters Saturday scoring at an 86.8 points per game clip, 10.8 points more than the league’s second highest mark of 76 points per game held by Nova Southeastern.
Three members of the Panther roster rank in the top-eight among SSC scorers, paced by conference leader Kayk Wilson’s average of 22.1.
The guard from Rockledge, Fla. notched 30-plus points for the second time during her senior campaign, finishing with 31 in FIT’s 95-75 thrashing of Shaw in its last game back on Dec. 20.
The Saint Leo Lions (5-5, 0-1 SSC) are hoping the holidays have cured the losing woes they faced throughout the month of December.
After a strong 4-1 start, first-year coach Missy West’s team has dropped four of its last five to fall to the bottom of the SSC.
In its most recent defeat, Saint Leo failed to overcome a seven-point halftime deficit, eventually tumbling 59-54 to Johnson C. Smith at the Lynn University Classic.
With four players averaging double-figure scoring, the Lions are led by senior Melissa Jackson’s 14.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per night.
Saint Leo ended FIT’s season a year ago, outlasting the Panthers 67-59 in the 2014 SSC quarterfinal round.
For complete coverage of Saturday’s league contest, log onto FloridaTechSports.com
Jim Mitchell and Paul Van Scott will have the call live from the Marion Bowman Center.