Buccaneers Women Hoops Keep Pace in League Race

Buccaneers Women Hoops Keep Pace in League Race
Jen Mitchell scored 15 points, lifting the Bucs to a 14-point road win at Tampa Saturday. Photo by Jason Roberts


TAMPA, Fla.--Barry University women's basketball team beat Tampa, 60-46, Saturday on the road.

The Buccaneers (14-6, 8-2 Sunshine State Conference) remained atop the league standings, a half-game behind No. 14 Rollins.

Barry hit 42.6 percent of their shots, going 20 of 47 from the floor. The Bucs built a nine-point halftime lead after canning 14 of 29 field goals.

Jen Mitchell scored 15 points, hitting four of eight field goals, including three of five three-pointers in a coming-out game that lifted the Bucs' play. Shanna Suttington scodred 10 points and had three assists, and Alex Zamora had 11 rebounds and scored seven points.

Barry outrebounded Tampa, 37-29. The Bucs' depth paid dividends, outscoring Tampa in bench points, 15-0.

Kaley Howard scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds, and Yvonne Houston added 10 points for the Buccaneers, which handed the Spartans their ninth loss in 11 SSC games.

Howard scored on two layups in the last 1:19 of the first half to bump Barry's five-point lead to nine going into the break. Sarah Wickham and Kamari Smith each hit triples in an early second half run as the Spartans cut it to one with 14:45 to play.

Barry went on a 9-0 run, capped by Suttington's triple with 9:27 to go as the Buccaneers distanced themselves the rest of the way.

Barry plays at Lynn in Boca Raton on Wednesday.