INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final Score: Tampa Spartans 67, Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish 52
Records: Tampa (17-7, 10-7 SSC), Palm Beach (4-19, 3-14 SSC)
Location: Rubin Arena | West Palm Beach, Fla.
All-time Series: The Spartans lead the all-time series with the Sailfish, 22-3.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
1st Half | The Sailfish jumped out to an early lead over the Spartans that gave them a quick six point lead. It wasn't until halfway through the first quarter when the Spartans scored on a Staja Tyghter layup that the Tampa offense was sparked. A layup from Faith Sanders and jumper from Molly Franson would eventually give the Spartans their first lead of the night. Tampa led heading into the second quarter 14-10. A three pointer from Rachel Warden initiated a 7-0 run over the Sailfish to open up the second quarter of play. The Spartans and the Sailfish traded baskets for the majority of the second quarter, Tampa keeping a consistent nine point lead. It wasn't until there were three minutes left on the clock that the Sailfish started applying some pressure to the Spartans, closing in on their lead. A layup by Sanders would put the Spartans back up by ten points, sparking an offensive run from Tampa prior to halftime. At the half, the Spartans led 32-19.
2nd Half | The Sailfish were the first to score to open the third quarter. But a jumper from Emily Eshoo and a layup from Karma Jeremie put the Spartans up by their largest lead, 15 points. The Spartans continued to dominate well into the fourth quarter and went on to defeat the Sailfish 67-52.
INSIDE THE STATS:
- Eshoo led the offense with 15 points for the Spartans.
- Tyghter led the defensive efforts for UT with 10 rebounds and was the second leading point scorer with 13 points.
- Warden led the Spartans in assists with five.
BEYOND THE BOX:
- Tyghter recorded her fifth doube-double of the season.
Tampa will host the Embry-Riddle Eagles on Saturday, February 17th. The game is slated to start at 2 p.m. Prior to the competition, the Spartans will honor the seniors as they compete in their final home game of their career.