Women's Basketball Runs Streak To Five Straight Over Sailfish

Women's Basketball Runs Streak To Five Straight Over Sailfish
Jen Mitchell chipped in 11 points, including a free throw with 13 seconds that iced the contest. Photo by Jason Roberts.

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – Barry University women’s basketball team extended its winning streak to five straight with a 63-59 win over Palm Beach Atlantic Wednesday.

Alexandria Zamora scored 17 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and blocked three shots as Barry (6-3) beat PBA (5-9) for the second time in three weeks. Only this time, it was a tighter outcome, despite the Sailfish playing shorthanded.

Barry led by as many as 10 points in the second half, but PBA rallied to cut it to 53-52 on a three-pointer by Ashley Dolberry at the 6:04 mark. Dolberry finished with 12 points, six assists and five rebounds before fouling out with 5:39 left.

The Buccaneers pushed the lead back to five on Zamora’s jumper in the paint, but Jordan Kong’s triple with 1:57 to go pulled the Sailfish within a pair, 58-56. Zamora hit a jumper in the lane off an inbounds play with two seconds remaining on the shot clock to give Barry a six-point lead with 28 seconds left. Loren Wilkins answered for PBA on the next trip down the floor to cut it to three with 18 seconds on the clock.

But after Jen Mitchell sank one of two free throws for the Bucs, Zamora blocked a shot by a driving Corissa Archer to preserve the win for Barry.

Barry, which came back from a six-point Palm Beach Atlantic lead in the first half to build an eight-point edge, shot 22 of 52 from the field. The Bucs shot 53.8 percent in the first half. PBA was equally effective from the field, knocking down 51.7 percent of its shots.

Wilkins led Palm Beach Atlantic in scoring with 14 as four Sailfish reached double figures. Yvonne Houston had 12 points and six boards, and Mitchell finished with 11 points for the Buccaneers.

Barry, which hosts Wisconsin Lutheran, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, out-rebounded Palm Beach Atlantic, 39-27. The Sailfish canned eight of 20 three-pointers, but, in addition to being limited to just seven players, were tagged with 18 fouls. The Bucs were whistled for just eight fouls, and sank 15 of 23 from the free throw line. PBA attempted just eight free throws, sinking three.

In the first meeting, Barry beat PBA by 15, 65-50, in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Dec. 7.

Barry’s Shanna Suttington had seven points, five assists and five steals, and played a key role in the Bucs’ penetration game. Jackie Perez scored eight points in nine minutes.