Florida Tech Women Panthers Fall on Road to Claflin University, Drop to 0-2 on Young Season
By Michael Craig, Florida Tech Sports // November 19, 2017
DeLise Williams records game-high 19 points
ORANGEBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA— After shooting a game-high 36.8 percent from behind the arc, Florida Tech (0-2) fell short to Claflin (1-1) 64-56 on Saturday afternoon at Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center.
Senior guard DeLise Williams ran the Panthers offense after going 3-for-5 from downtown, and registering a team-high 19 points to go with six rebounds during the outing. Joining her in double figures, junior guard Gracie Doane tallied 16 points for a 46.2 field goal percentage.
Sophomore forward Aniquah Swan capped off the afternoon with a team-best nine rebounds, which was coupled with two steals. Sophomore guard Gudlaug Juliusdottir and junior forward Tereza Sedlakova collected one block each, with Juliusdottir notching a team-high three assists.
As a team, Florida Tech shot 35.8 percent from the field, making 19 of the 53 shots attempted.
The Panthers out rebounded Claflin 39-35, and registered four steals in the contest.
Florida Tech held an early 2-0 edge, but Claflin answered with a 6-2 rally to lead by four with six minutes remaining in the first period. Wasting little time on offense however, a quick three-pointer from Williams cut Claflin’s lead to 11-7. Making another run, eight Claflin points closed the half to bring the score 20-12.
Entering the second period, Doane drained a 3-pointer to bring FIT within five, but Claflin held onto its lead after making three consecutive shots to overlap Florida Tech, 24-14. With one minute left to go, FIT gained momentum behind Kailyn Ebb, who found the herself on the line to sink two back-to-back free throws and closed the first period for FIT at 31-26.
Doane and Williams found the sweet spot behind the arc to open the second half, erasing the margin to tie the score at 31-31 in the third. However, at the 1:41 minute mark Claflin knocked down two consecutive shots to extend their lead by double digits, 47-36. With 28 seconds left to play, Sedlakova netted two free throws for the Crimson and Gray, closing the Claflin stretch 50-38 to head into the fourth.
The Orangeburg team continued to find its strength in the paint, managing to hold the lead headed into the final stretch, 53-41. A three-point play from Williams brought the score within six to start the FIT rally with three minutes left to go on the game clock.
With nearly two minutes left in the fourth, Swan found the paint and decreased the Claflin stretch by four. However, Claflin kept converting in the paint, and eventually took an eight-point run to close the match, 64-56.
Next up, Florida Tech will travel to Winter Park to participate in the Tars Thanksgiving Classic held by Rollins. Tip-off is slated for Friday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. ET.
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