Florida Tech Women’s Basketball Upsets Eckerd College at Home 56-47

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November Morton led with 17 points

Florida Tech women’s basketball looked to make it two wins in a row as they welcomed the Eckerd College Tritons to the Clemente Center for a Sunshine State Conference game. The Panthers earn their first win over the Tritons, 56-47, since 2016. (FIT Image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech women’s basketball looked to make it two wins in a row as they welcomed the Eckerd College Tritons to the Clemente Center for a Sunshine State Conference game. The Panthers earn their first win over the Tritons, 56-47, since 2016.

November Morton paced all scorers with 17 points and was one of the three members of the Crimson & Gray to reach double digits along with Gudlaug Juliusdottir and Fanny Hakanson.

Hakanson was a force all over the court as she almost recorded a triple-double with 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

It was a relatively slow start for both schools as neither found much success in terms of scoring but Tech did manage a 7-0 that put the score at 9-4 halfway through the first quarter.

The next 2:10 saw a scoring drought and but an Eckerd three ball put it back within two points before back-to-back Panther buckets made it 13-7. However, a late Eckerd basket made it 13-9 at the end of the first.

The defensive battle continued in the second quarter as the two teams combined for only 21 points. Florida Tech scored the majority with 11 and that extra point was courtesy of a Hakanson free throw. After a back and forth 20 minutes, the score was 24-19 as the teams left the court.

The second half started with neither team able to find the bottom of the basket as the two sides only tallied four points, all by Eckerd, by the 4:51 media timeout.

However, Morton recorded five straight points to give the Panthers a 33-26 advantage with 45 seconds left in the period. Each team managed to add to their tally before the buzzer and this made the score, 35-28.

Unlike the previous three quarters, offense reigned supreme in the fourth. The teams went bucket for bucket until back-to-back Tech three balls gave them their largest lead of the night at 48-34.

However, a 7-0 Eckerd run managed to bring it back to a seven-point ballgame. Florida Tech stopped the run and cruised the rest of the way as the board read 56-47 when it reached 0:00.

The Panthers will get a few days to rest before they are back on the hardwood Saturday, Jan. 11, when they head to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for a game against Nova Southeastern. This showdown will tipoff at 2 p.m. ET.

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