Florida Tech Panthers Falls Short in Comeback to William Jewell 73-61

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Severine Uggen led Panthers with 18 points

Florida Tech women’s basketball welcomed a few teams from various parts of the country to Melbourne for the Florida Tech Holiday Classic. The women’s first opponent in the classic was William Jewell and at the end of the contest, the Panthers fell to the Cardinals, 61-73. (FIT Image)

BREVARD COUNTY- MELBOURNE,FLORIDA – Florida Tech women’s basketball welcomed a few teams from various parts of the country to Melbourne for the Florida Tech Holiday Classic. The women’s first opponent in the classic was William Jewell and at the end of the contest, the Panthers fell to the Cardinals, 61-73.

Severine Uggen led the Crimson & Gray in points with 18. Gudlaug Juliusdottir topped the list for the team in rebounds with six. For the first time all season, Fanny Hakanson did not pace the women in assists as that honor went to Amanda Allen with five.

Alternating runs dominated the first quarter as each team vided for momentum. WJC was the first one as they went on an 8-3 run to open the contest but that quickly become a 10-8 game as Tech fired back. An eight-point Cardinals’ run followed and then Tech answered with a five-point streak that brought the score to 15-16. However, a five-point WJC outburst at the end of the period put the Panthers down, 15-21.

The second quarter was not kind to Florida Tech as William Jewell outscored them 5-14. This made the halftime score 20-35.

The third quarter had a similar beginning to the first as both teams had small runs in the first two minutes but after a lull in the action, William Jewell took over for the final 6:30 of the period. This put Tech’s deficit at 34-56 as the game entered the fourth.

However, the Panthers played inspired basketball in the fourth quarter as they fought their way back into the ballgame. This comeback began with a 7-0 run to open the period that was part of a 19-5 run over that lasted until the 4:24 mark. This made it an eight-point game and it temporarily went back to a 12-point disadvantage before a five-point run brought it within seven.

The Cardinals then went on to make a pair of foul shots at the 1:12 mark but 10 seconds later Uggen made it a two-possession contest when she buried a three. Unfortunately, the Panthers ran out of time and had to begin fouling WJC and this resulted in six straight made free throws that pushed the final score to 61-73.

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Florida Tech plays its second and final game of the Classic Friday, Dec. 20, at noon when they take on the Gorillas of Pittsburg State.

For the latest news, updates and information on the Florida Tech women’s basketball team, visit FloridaTechSports.com.

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