FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The No. 21-ranked Nova Southeastern women's basketball squad halted Armstrong State University's three-game winning streak with a 77-67 victory on Saturday afternoon in the Nova Southeastern Thanksgiving Classic in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
The Pirates fall to 3-4 on the season with the loss, while Nova Southeastern improves to 5-1. Armstrong State returns to action on Friday, December 2nd, traveling to Morrow, Ga., to face Shaw in the Clayton State Heritage Bank Classic at 3:30 p.m.
Armstrong State jumped out to an 8-2 lead on the Sharks, but Nova Southeastern went on a 22-9 run to end the first quarter with a 24-17 lead. The Sharks led by as many as 15 in the second quarter, though a three-pointer by senior Jessica Doyle cut that gap to 12 at the half, 45-33.
In the second half, Nova Southeastern led by 17 points, 64-47, with 1:30 left in the third quarter, but the Pirates slowly chipped away at the lead, getting to within six points, 70-64, after a layup by senior Deundria Clark with 1:48 remaining. Nova Southeastern would hit seven-of-eight free throws over the final 75 seconds, however, to clinch the victory.
Doyle led a trio of Pirates in double digits, scoring 18 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the floor, including 4-of-10 three-pointers. Junior Mercedes Jenkins added 16 points while Clark finished the day with 12 points.
Nova Southeastern was led by Christen Prasse and Cheray Saunders, who each had 19 points. Megan Piggot notched 14 points while Maria Bardeeva added 12 points.
The Pirates shot just 34.3 percent from the floor (23-of-67) and just 33.3 percent from three-point range (9-of-27), while hitting 12-of-14 free throws (85.7 percent). Nova Southeastern shot 46.2 percent from the floor (24-of-52) while making 6-of-18 three-pointers (33.3 percent) and a healthy 23-of-29 shots from the foul line (79.3 percent).