Women's Basketball Clinches Conference Tournament Berth

Jen Mitchell went 4-for-4, including three three-pointers, for 11 points as the Bucs beat the Sharks. Photo by JC Ridley.

MIAMI SHORES, Fla.—The Barry Buccaneers clinched a spot in the Sunshine State Conference women’s basketball tournament with a convincing 78-59 win over the Nova Southeastern Sharks in the Health & Sports Center on Wednesday night.

The win, coupled with Saint Leo’s 60-48 loss to Tampa, ensured that Barry (11-13, 4-10 SSC) will make the conference tournament at the end of the season. The Bucs have a three-game lead over the Lions with two games to play.

A three-pointer by Jen Mitchell with 12:03 left in the first half gave the Bucs an 11-9 lead and they never trailed to rest of the way. Leading 34-22 at the break, they rolled off the first 10 points of the second half, capped by a three-pointer by Yvonne Houston on a fastbreak to push the lead to 22.

They extended the lead to 23 twice before settling for the 19-point win. After Anika Rivera’s fastbreak layup made it 50-27 at the 14:07 mark, Nova made their biggest push of the second half on a 15-2 run over the next four minutes to cut the lead to 52-42 on a three-pointer by Jessica Walter. But the Bucs responded with a 14-1 run of their own to make it 66-43 on a layup by Nadia Tijani.

Houston led all scorers with 21 points for the Bucs, while Shanna Suttington added 12 and Jen Mitchell had 11. Stephanie Sarosi led Nova with 13 points and Quinessa Johnson added 10.

The Bucs set a school record for shooting percentage by hitting 10 of 15 from behind the three-point arc. Mitchell was three-for-three.

The Bucs play at arch-rival Lynn on Saturday, Feb. 19 and close out the regular season at Saint Leo on Saturday, Feb. 26. The quarterfinals of the SSC Tournament start on Wednesday, Mar. 2 at campus sites.

Newspaper Box Score
Nova Southeastern vs Barry
02/16/11 5:30 pm at Miami Shores, Fla.
At Miami Shores, Fla.

BARRY 78, NOVA SOUTHEASTERN 59

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN (13-10, 5-8 SSC)

SAROSI, Stephanie 6-11 0-0 13; JOHNSON, Quinessa 4-9 2-2 10; CABRERA,
Kristina 3-5 0-0 9; WALTER, Jessica 2-3 0-0 6; TEPE, Abbie 1-5 3-6 6;
WILKINS, Jasmine 2-4 0-0 4; STAMBOULI, Sabrina 1-2 0-0 3; MARSHALL, Lauren
1-1 0-0 3; BUCKNER, Jada 1-6 0-0 3; YANCHEVA, Emiliya 0-0 2-2 2; FOSBURGH,
Meloney 0-0 0-0 0; DAY, Ashley 0-1 0-0 0; CARACH, Richelle 0-1 0-0 0; PEREZ,
Priscilla 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 21-52 7-10 59.
BARRY (11-13, 4-10 SSC)
HOUSTON, Yvonne 9-16 0-0 21; SUTTINGTON, Shanna 5-10 0-0 12; MITCHELL, Jen
4-4 0-0 11; HICKS, Adrienne 1-5 5-6 8; DeBERRY, Danielle 3-4 0-1 7; RIVERA,
Anika 3-4 0-0 6; TIJANI, Nadia 1-5 4-4 6; CLENDINEN, Shaunre 1-1 1-1 3;
LEHN, Glaucia 1-5 0-0 2; DUNCAN, Kisa 0-1 2-2 2; LEWIS, Tasheema 0-0 0-0 0;
MULLINGS, Alicia 0-1 0-0 0; FRONTINO, Amanda 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-56 12-14
78.
Nova Southeastern............. 22 37 - 59
Barry...................................... 34 44 - 78
3-point goals--Nova Southeastern 10-27 (CABRERA, Kristina 3-5; WALTER,
Jessica 2-3; MARSHALL, Lauren 1-1; TEPE, Abbie 1-4; STAMBOULI, Sabrina 1-2;
BUCKNER, Jada 1-4; SAROSI, Stephanie 1-3; PEREZ, Priscilla 0-3; JOHNSON,
Quinessa 0-2), Barry 10-15 (MITCHELL, Jen 3-3; HOUSTON, Yvonne 3-4;
SUTTINGTON, Shanna 2-6; HICKS, Adrienne 1-1; DeBERRY, Danielle 1-1). Fouled
out--Nova Southeastern-None, Barry-None. Rebounds--Nova Southeastern 24
(SAROSI, Stephanie 7), Barry 35 (DeBERRY, Danielle 6; TIJANI, Nadia 6).
Assists--Nova Southeastern 14 (TEPE, Abbie 8), Barry 23 (SUTTINGTON, Shanna
6). Total fouls--Nova Southeastern 14, Barry 13. Technical fouls--Nova
Southeastern-None, Barry-None. A-314

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