Florida Tech Women’s Basketball Season Concludes in 73-50 Loss to Palm Beach Atlantic
By Florida Tech Sports Information // March 18, 2021
Zoe Murphy led in points, rebounds with 16 and 7
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – A new air of energy could be felt before tip-off as Florida Tech women’s basketball began postseason play as they took on Palm Beach Atlantic in the opening round of the Sunshine State Conference tournament.
Unfortunately, this was not enough as the Panthers fell 73-50 in West Palm Beach.
Zoe Murphy led all Panthers in points and rebounds as she had 16 and 7, respectively. Fanny Hakanson found herself tied for a game-high, while leading Tech, in assists with five. On the defensive end, Hakanson and Fanny Paulin both amassed three steals while Irene Vincente put on a blocking clinic with four rejections.
The Crimson & Gray got off to a slow start as they were outscored 8-3 over the first five minutes of place. The sluggish start continued in the second part of the first as a nine-point Sailfish run made it a 17-3 game with 3:22 left.
However, the final few minutes did see Florida Tech bring its deficit down to 21-11 thanks to a Paulin layup with only three seconds left on the clock.
The second quarter began in a similar fashion as the first with PBA scoring nine unanswered points after a Makyla Daniels free throw opened the period.
This put the score at 30-12 with 7:33 left but then the women began pushing the pass for the next four minutes and the lead began to shrink. Sadly, a 10-0 Sailfish run ended the half and put Tech down 48-26 at the break.
The third quarter was a defensive battle as neither team’s offense really got going as the two teams combined for a total of 21 points and the score when the clock hit 0:00 was 60-35.
The final quarter was a Panther showcase as they opened the quarter on a 5-0 run and kept PBA off the board for almost four minutes.
Following the strong start, it became a back and forth battle as neither team managed to grab the momentum for the rest of the game and lead to the final score being 73-50.
This loss ends Florida Tech’s 2021 season, as the team now turns their focus to the practice court as they ready themselves for the upcoming year.
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