FIT Women Win Sixth Consecutive Basketball Game

By  //  January 6, 2013

Panthers Open Second Half With 9-0 Run

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA – Florida Tech opened the second half with a 9-0 run and never looked back as they defeated Palm Beach Atlantic for the second time in seven days by a score of 72-53 on Saturday in West Palm Beach.

Florida Tech junior Ida Gustafsson had 16 points as the Panthers defeated Palm Beach Atlantic on Saturday in West Palm Beach. (Image courtesy of Florida Tech)

“PBA came out to play today,” head coach John Reynolds said. “In the first half, they came out and took advantage of some mismatches. I thought we made the right adjustments at halftime and our players executed. It was a really good road win for us.”

Palm Beach Atlantic (3-11) raced out to a 7-2 lead to begin the contest, but Florida Tech (9-2) responded with a 10-3 run to take a 12-10 lead just four minutes in. The Sailfish knotted the game at 12-12 on their next trip down the floor.

One minute later Ida Gustafsson hit her second 3-pointer of the half, and then Rita Acevedo stole the inbound pass and laid it in for a five-point swing to give the Panthers an 18-12 lead.

The Sailfish hung around and brought the deficit down to one point, 22-21, with 5:09 remaining. But Gustafsson swished her third 3 of the half to give the Panthers a 28-24 advantage.

With a 1:22 remaining in the half, Gustafsson collected a missed 3-pointer and scored to give FIT a 31-26 lead. Gustafsson finished the half with a game-high 16 points.

Sophomore Rosie Hynes hit a runner at the buzzer to give the Panthers a 35-30 halftime lead.

Senior Jami Chappell opened the second half with a 3 from the left corner to propel FIT’s 9-0 run. Acevedo carried the rest of the run with two made free throws and two layups to give the Panthers a 44-30 lead with 16:18 showing on the clock.

Redshirt freshman Peggy Smith drained a tray from the right wing to extend the FIT run to 16-4 over the first seven minutes of the second half. Prior to Smith’s trey, Hynes made back-to-back layups to push the Panthers’ lead to 51-34.

Kayk Wilson hit her second triple of the game with 6:22 remaining to give the Panthers their largest lead of 20 points, 62-42.

PBA only came within 15 points of FIT over the final six minutes of regulation. Redshirt freshman BreAnn Davis pushed the Panthers’ lead back to 20, 72-52, with back-to-back jumpers.

The Sailfish hit a free throw in the final seconds to give FIT a 72-53 victory.  It is the Panthers’ second victory over PBA in seven days.

Acevedo finished the game with her second consecutive double-double. The 5-foot-7 point guard scored 11 points and collected 10 rebounds, while also adding six assists. Gustafsson finished with a team-high 16 points, while Hynes added 12 points.

FIT out-rebounded the Sailfish 46-25 and 25-4 in PBA’s offensive zone.