The Florida Tech losing streak reached three Wednesday night as the Tampa Spartans gave the home fans a lot to cheer about in a 57-38 Sunshine State Conference victory. The Panthers did not have a single player in double digits in this game.
The Panthers had one of their worst shooting nights, if not the worst of the season. They were 13-of-49 from the field, good for 26.5 percent. They were just 1-of-5 from three-point range, after going 0-for-15 in Saturday’s home loss to Saint Leo.
Tampa (16-7, 9-7 SSC) had three players in double figures, led by Emily Eshoo’s 17. Aliyah Abney had 14 points, Staja Tyghter had 10 and Karma Jeremie had 10 rebounds and six assists.
Kailyn Ebb and Cheyenne Scott led the Panthers with six points each, with Ebb pulling down four rebounds.
Florida Tech (9-12, 6-9 SSC) had a very disappointing night shooting and many of those shots were from point-blank range. That said, they did have a 7-0 run in the quarter and were in this game for the first 10 minutes, leading 11-9 until Aliyah Abney hit a shot at the buzzer, tying the game at 11.
Things started to get away from Florida Tech in the second quarter as Tampa went on a 10-0 run early in the frame and the Panthers did not score for the final 5:52 of the half. Meanwhile, the Spartans five of their last seven shots and outscored the Panthers 17-5 in the quarter. They went into the locker room with a 28-16 lead.
The third quarter wasn’t much better. The Panthers ended the second quarter 1-of-8 from the field and they started the third quarter the same way. They went without a field goal for 7:55 in that third quarter and ended it going 1-for-10 overall. Tampa won the quarter 17-9.
Florida Tech finally found a little offense in the fourth quarter, scoring 13 points to Tampa’s 12, but it was too little, too late.
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The Panthers road trip continues Saturday as they travel to Lakeland, FL to take on Florida Southern at 5:30 p.m.