Sharks Break Program Record, Win 16th Straight Game

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern women’s basketball team made history on National Girls and Women in Sports Day. NSU took down Florida Tech on Wednesday evening from the Rick Case Arena, extending their win streak to a program-record 16 games, surpassing the previous record from the 2013-14 team.  

SCORE: Nova Southeastern 69, Florida Tech 56               
RECORDS: Nova Southeastern 18-3, 13-1 SSC, Florida Tech 6-18, 1-12 SSC               
LOCATION: Rick Case Arena | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.               
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How it Happened

First Half – Nicole Scales got the action for NSU, converting a layup to tie the match at two apiece. With just under a minute left, Kyarrah Grant knocked down a three-pointer that was followed by a layup from Scales, giving the Sharks a 13-8 lead heading to the second quarter. A majority of the second quarter featured a back-and-forth affair but five consecutive points from Kane and Stupp extended NSU’s lead to seven with 2:57 left to play. The Panthers clawed their way back but a last second three-pointer from Suzan Kinran kept Florida Tech at bay as the Sharks headed to the halftime break with a 30-23 lead. 

Second Half – Scales kicked off the half with a three-pointer to put the Sharks up eight points. With just under five minutes remaining in the quarter, FIT knotted up the match at 36 all. Shortly after, India Shepherd knocked down a three-pointer to reclaim the lead. In the ensuing possession, a layup from Morgan Kane tacked on two more points for NSU as they held on to a three-point lead going into the final frame. Alana Ellis stepped up big for the Sharks in the fourth quarter, scoring five straight points to give the Sharks a 48-39 lead with 7:50 left to play. Ellis continued to impress, converting another layup 50 seconds later, extending the Sharks lead to 11. Tenacious defense from the Sharks secured their 16th straight victory as they took down the Panthers in an SSC Showdown. 

Shark Standouts        

Morgan Kane: 20 points, eight rebounds 

Coach's Corner

Head Coach LeAnn Freeland-Curry: Our staff is so proud of our players effort and toughness to finish with the win. Florida Tech has great size and played hard for 40 minutes. We came together strong in the fourth quarter with key contributions from Alana Ellis and Kyarrah Grant down the stretch. 

What's Next            
Nova Southeastern will be back in action Saturday, February 10th as they head to Daytona Beach, Fla. to take on Embry-Riddle in another SSC Showdown. Tip-off is set for 4:00 p.m. EST. 

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