#21 Sharks Extend Win Streak to 18 Games, Takes Down PBA

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The 21st ranked Nova Southeastern women’s basketball team earned their 20th win of the season on Saturday afternoon, taking down Palm Beach Atlantic in an overtime thriller from the Rubin Area. Double digit efforts from Morgan Kane (19), Alana Ellis (15), Nicole Scales (14), Kailyn Terrell (13), and India Shepherd (10) led the way for NSU. 

SCORE: No. 21 Nova Southeastern 89, Palm Beach Atlantic 85                 
RECORDS: No. 21 Nova Southeastern 20-3, 15-1 SSC, Palm Beach Atlantic 13-12, 7-10 SSC                 
LOCATION: Rubin Arena | West Palm Beach, Fla.                 
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How it Happened

First Half – The Sailfish jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead before free throws from Ellis gave the Sharks their first points of the game. Ellis would continue to make her impact felt early, scoring the next seven points for NSU as they trailed 11-9 with 3:35 left. Scales closed out the quarter with a free throw to put the Sharks ahead 13-11. Five consecutive points from Shepherd and Kane to start the second quarter extended the Sharks lead to seven points. The rest of the quarter featured a back-and-forth affair with NSU holding onto a one-point lead going into the break. 

Second Half – A layup from Kane capped off a 13-0 Sharks run to kick off the half, putting NSU up 49-34. PBA continued to fight, cutting their deficit to 10 points as they headed into the final frame. After trailing throughout most of the second half, PBA rallied and cut the Sharks lead to one point with 33 seconds left. Shortly after, Scales knocked down a free throw to put NSU ahead 79-77 but the Sailfish answered with a last-second layup to send the game to overtime. The Sharks came out firing on all cylinders in OT as Aubrey Stupp knocked down a three-pointer to give NSU an 86-81 lead with just under two minutes left to play. Solid defense from the Sharks would all but secure the 89-85 SSC victory for NSU. 

Shark Standouts          

Nova Southeastern had five players score 10 or more points (Kane, Ellis, Scales, Terrell, and Shepherd). 

Coach's Corner

Head Coach LeAnn Freeland-Curry: It’s always a battle at PBA. Our players continued to fight hard even though PBA hit tough shots throughout the game. I’m impressed with how gritty our players are down the stretch to pull out wins. 

What's Next              
Nova Southeastern will return home Wednesday, February 21st as they take on Barry. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. EST.    

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