Scales Named SSC Defensive Player of the Week

MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Sunshine State Conference announced the Players of the Week for the week of February 26 – March 3, on Monday afternoon. Nova Southeastern Sharks student-athlete Nicole Scales (Women’s Basketball) earned honors following her performances this past week.   

Scales earns Defensive Player of the Week honors for her efforts against No. 16 Tampa and Saint Leo. The graduate student from Park Ridge, Illinois, registered four steals, a block, and two defensive rebounds as the Sharks fell, 76-74, at Tampa in overtime. Scales then led NSU to a 91-52 win over Saint Leo following three steals and three defensive rebounds. Offensively, she tallied 19 points and seven assists for the Sharks last week. With the play of Scales, NSU captured the 2023-24 SSC regular-season title outright and will be the #1 seed in the postseason tournament.

To stay up-to-date on the Nova Southeastern Sharks Women’s Basketball team, be sure to follow on Twitter and Instagram at NSU_WBasketball. 
 

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#11 Sharks Secure SSC Regular Season Title

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The #11 ranked Nova Southeastern Women’s Basketball team secured their first Sunshine State Conference regular season title since going back-to-back in the 2014-15, 2015-16 seasons. Prior to the game, NSU athletics honored Nicole Scales, India Shepherd, Mia Jones, Kyarrah Grant, and Morgan Kane with a senior day ceremony. 

Breakdown                   
                 
SCORE: No. 11 Nova Southeastern 91, Saint Leo 52                  
RECORDS: No. 11 Nova Southeastern 23-4, 18-2 SSC, Saint Leo 12-16, 6-14 SSC   
LOCATION: Rick Case Arena | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.                    
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How it Happened

First Half –  Both teams came out trading baskets as the Sharks took an early 10-7 lead after a layup from Morgan Kane. The Sharks would then close the quarter on a 12-4 run sparked by a three-pointer from India Shepherd, giving NSU a 22-11 lead heading into the second quarter. The Sharks came out hot, going on a 14-3 run capped off by a layup from Suzan Kinran, pushing NSU ahead 36-16. Nova continued to push the tempo throughout the rest of the quarter, taking a commanding 49-23 lead heading into the break.

Second Half –  NSU started the half with back-to-back buckets from Kane and Scales, putting the Sharks up 30 points. The defensive masterclass from NSU continued as a steal from Jess Moors set up a layup for Delaney Wolfe on the other end, closing out a 28 point quarter for the Sharks. With 5:22 left to play, a layup from Alana Ellis gave the Sharks a 43 point lead, their biggest lead of the game. NSU kept their foot on the gas pedal, cruising to a 91-52 SSC victory over Saint Leo to close out the regular season.

Shark Standouts             

Morgan Kane – 25 points, seven rebounds, two blocks 

India Shepherd – 14 points, two steals 

Kailyn Terrell – 13 points, four rebounds
 

What's Next    

The No. 11 Nova Southeastern Sharks Women’s Basketball team will host the quarterfinal round of the Sunshine State Conference Tournament against Florida Southern beginning on Tuesday, March 5th, at the Rick Case Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. To stay up-to-date on Sharks Women’s Basketball, be sure to follow on Instagram and X at NSU_WBasketball.       

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#11 Sharks Fall to #16 Tampa in Heartbreaker

TAMPA, Fla. – The #11 ranked NSU women’s basketball team’s 20-game win streak ended Wednesday night at the Bob Martinez Athletics Center, falling to the #16 ranked Tampa Spartans. India Shepherd poured in a career-high 20 points to lead the Sharks. 

Breakdown                   
                 
SCORE: No. 11 Nova Southeastern 74, No. 16 Tampa 76                   
RECORDS: No. 11 Nova Southeastern 22-4, 17-2 SSC, No. 16 Tampa 25-5, 16-3 SSC   
LOCATION: Bob Martinez Athletics Center | Tampa, Fla.                    
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How it Happened

First Half – The Spartans came out hot, scoring the first nine points to take the early lead. Nicole Scales would then knock down three consecutive three-pointers to tie the match at nine apiece. In the ensuing possession, Kyarrah Grant came down and made a three-pointer of her own to put the Sharks up three. Both teams continued to battle as Tampa held on to a two-point advantage heading into the second quarter. UT went on a 14-0 run to kick off the second quarter, taking a 32-16 lead. NSU clawed their way back, cutting their deficit to nine going into the break. 

Second Half – NSU came out aggressive, going on a 12-2 run capped off by a three-pointer from Shepherd to go ahead 39-37. The rest of the quarter featured a back-and-forth affair with the Sharks holding on to a one-point lead heading into the final frame. After the Spartans pushed ahead by five points with 1:20 left to play, a layup by Morgan Kane brought NSU within three points. The Sharks hunkered down defensively and got a stop before Shepherd came down and made a last-second three-pointer to force overtime. Nova held on to a three-point lead with 1:56 left to play in overtime but UT stormed back and secured the 76-74 victory, snapping the Sharks 20 game win streak. 

What's Next                 
                 
Nova Southeastern will head back to the Rick Case Arena on March 2nd to close out the regular season against Saint Leo. NSU will also honor five seniors before the game, tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. 

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