Panthers Top Findlay in Tampa Holiday Classic

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The Florida Tech Panther women snapped a six-game losing streak on Tuesday, downing the Findlay Oilers 65-59 in game one of the Tampa Holiday Classic at the Bob Martinez Athletic Center 

After not having a player score in double-figures in their last game at home against Tampa, the Panthers had three accomplish the feat Tuesday. Gracie Doane led the way with 22, Tereza Sedlakova had 18, and Amanda Allen finished with 10. 

Fanny Hakanson led the Panthers with 12 assists, while Sedlakova, Allen and Kailyn Ebb each had six rebounds. 

This game see-sawed through the first half, with the Panthers outscoring the Oilers 16-14 in the first quarter. Michaela Gelbaugh‘s three with 2:14 to go have the Panthers a 13-12 lead and Doane hit a three with 1:11 later, giving the Panthers a 16-12 lead. That four-point spread was the most for either team in the quarter. 

Both teams scored 17 points in the second quarter. Doane’s three-pointer with seven seconds remaining in the half allowed the Panthers to take a 33-31 lead back to the locker room. The largest lead at any point in that quarter was three by Findlay. They led 31-28 with 58 seconds left. 

The game turned in the third quarter as the Panthers went on a 6-2 run to start the quarter and Allen’s three with 6:40 to go made it 42-36. Doane hit another three with 4:29 to go, giving the Panthers a 49-41 lead with 4:29 to go in the quarter. 

Florida Tech (3-6) went into a funk offensively for a stretch and that allowed Findlay to close it to 49-47, before Allen hit another long-range shot, getting the lead back up to five with 1:22 to go in the third. Sedlakova hit a layup and was hacked in the act. She completed the three-point play and the Panthers led 55-47 at the end of three. 

Doane got the Panthers off to a good start in the fourth with a three-ball, making it 58-47 2:02 into the final stanza. Doane would then hit her final of three of the day with 5:42 to go in the quarter. She finished 6-of-11 from behind the arc and the Panthers were up 61-50 at that point. 

That was not only Doane’s last basket of the day, but it also was the final field goal for the Panthers, as they went on to turn the ball over five times in the final 6:32 and watch Findlay go on a 7-0 run, closing the gap to 61-57 with 1:34 left. 

Findlay (6-3) had no choice but to foul late and the Panthers converted on four straight free-throws, holding on for a six-point win, despite not making a field goal for the final 5:42 of the contest. 

For more info: Findlay @ Florida Tech Box Score  

The Panthers will wrap up their stay in Tampa on Wednesday, facing Texas Woman’s University at 1:00 p.m.