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Claflin Outlasts FIT in Panthers Showdown

The Florida Tech Panthers shot 35.8 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from three-point range but still fell short in a 64-56 road loss to the Claflin Panthers on Saturday afternoon.

Florida Tech, who is not known as a strong three-point shooting team, hit 7-of-19 from downtown, led by DeLise Williams 3-for-5 performance, helping her to a team-high 19 points to go with six rebounds. Gracie Doane is the Panthers biggest threat from deep and she landed 4-of-11, racking up 12 points.

The first quarter saw Claflin jump out to an early 11-4 lead, but Williams knocked one down from three, cutting the lead to four with 4:52 to go. Two Williams free-throws cut the lead to 11-9, but Claflin went on a 7-0 run and closed the first 10 minutes with a 20-12 lead.

Doane closed the gap to five with a three-ball to start the quarter, but the home team widened it again, scoring seven straight points. Florida Tech answered by scoring the final six points of the quarter and cut the Claflin lead to 31-26, heading into the half.

Doane did it again to start the third, draining another three 27 seconds into the third, getting her Panthers to within two, 31-29. After a missed three by Claflin, Williams tipped one in at the other end, tying the contest at 31. Just as the visitors would get within striking distance, Claflin reeled off another six straight points and led 40-33 with 7:28 left in the quarter. They followed that up with a 10-0 run and led 50-36 with 47 seconds to go.

That proved too big a hole for Florida Tech to dig out of, despite Doane starting off another quarter with another three-pointer in the fourth. A three by Williams got the Panthers to within seven, 58-52 with 3:01 to go. A layup by Aniquah Swan cut it to four, but that was as close as the visitors would get.

Swan finished with seven points and led the Panthers on the boards, with nine.

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Florida Tech was scheduled to open their home schedule on Monday against Saint Thomas, but that game has been canceled and will not be rescheduled. Instead, the team will head back to Rollins on Friday, to kick off the Tars Thanksgiving Classic against Caldwell University at 2:00 p.m. They will play Talladega College on Saturday, at noon to complete their weekend.