Explosive Second Half Propels Florida Tech Women’s Basketball Past Palm Beach Atlantic 77-50
By Space Coast Daily // January 31, 2020
November Morton had one of her best performances in a Panthers uniform
WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA – Florida Tech found itself back in the win column as the women defeated the Sailfish of Palm Beach Atlantic, 77-50.
November Morton had one of her best performances in a Panthers uniform as the sophomore tied her career high with 22 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Fanny Hakanson continued to find her open teammates as she led the game with five assists and she had 11 points.
However, an Amanda Allen three-pointer was the highlight of the night as the made trey ball at the 7:47 mark in the second quarter put her in an exclusive club as she is the 11th player in program history to drain 100 career threes. She also tied Morton with a game-high eight boards and was one of the four double-digit scorers with 16.
Gudlaug Juliusdottir was the final Panther in double figures with 10 points.
The two teams traded baskets for the first seven minutes of play and it put the Panthers down by one. However, a seven-point Panther run made it 18-12 before PBA sunk a late jumper that brought it to 18-14 after the first 10 minutes.
The second quarter opened with consecutive PBA threes that made it 18-20 but then the historic Allen three put Tech back on top 21-20. The women only conceded the lead one more time as they fell behind by one about a minute and a half later.
After that moment, the Crimson & Gray quickly took back the lead and pushed it to a 33-28 game as the first-half buzzer went off.
The second half was all Tech as the third quarter opened with back-to-back three pointers that gave the women their first double-digit lead of the night.
It was relatively even as the two opponents almost went shot-for-shot until a 13-4 Florida Tech run over the final 3:30 of the period brought it to 58-40.
The Panthers did not put it in cruise control for the final 10 minutes as they fought until the final buzzer and the fourth quarter scoreline reflected this as they outpaced PBA, 19-10. This made the final score of the contest, 77-50.
Florida Tech will be back on the road Saturday, Feb. 1, when they head to back to South Florida for a showdown with Lynn in Boca Raton, Florida. Tipoff for this contest is 2 p.m. ET.
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