INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: University of Tampa 67, Malone 50
Records: Spartans (10-2), Pioneers (3-5)
Location: Bob Martinez Athletics Center | Tampa, Fla.
All-time Series: Tampa improves to 2-0 in the all-time series against Malone.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
1st Quarter | The Spartans opened the scoring on a jumper by Staja Tyghter as part of a 7-0 run to begin the game. Malone cut the deficit to 11-5 following two scores in as many minutes before Tampa went on a 9-0 run over 4:24, finishing the quarter with a 20-7 lead. Karma Jeremie led the team with 6 rebounds and 5 points.
2nd Quarter | The Pioneers mounted a comeback throughut much of the second quarter, outscoring the Spartans 13-7 over the first 7:09. A Malone foul turned things around for Tampa, who went on a 10-0 run prior to allowing a last second score on a layup by Holly Groff. Tyghter and Emily Eshoo each scored seven points as UT built a 37-22 lead at the half.
3rd Quarter | Tampa and Malone traded scores throughout the quarter with the Spartans narrowly extending their lead by five to 20 points, at 58-38. Faith Sanders led the team with seven points.
4th Quarter | After a quick layup by Jeremie in the opening minute, the Spartans went on a near five-minute scoring drought that allowed the Pioneers to cut the lead back to 15 points, at 60-45. Tampa got back on the board on a jumper by Molly Franson and limited Malone to five points the rest of the way to hold on for the win.
INSIDE THE STATS:
- Tampa shot 51 percent from the field and 31 percent from three.
- The Spartans outrebounded the Pioneers, 36-25.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Jeremie posted her third game with both double-digit rebounds and points.
- Tyghter recorded double-digit points for the sixth time in her last seven contests, leading the team in points for the third time this season.
The Spartans resume play on the road on Saturday, December 30th against the Embry-Riddle Eagles in Daytona Beach, Fla. Live stats and a live video webcast will be provided through www.tampaspartans.com.