Panthers Comeback Effort Comes Up Short

Donny Rieber Jr | Sports Lowdown

The Florida Tech women’s basketball team erased a 13-point Barry lead on Sunday, only to stumble late and lose 64-55 to the Bucs in a Sunshine State Conference clash.

The Panthers (4-7-0-3 SSC) got 12 points from Fanny Hakanson, who was the only double-digit scorer for the Crimson and Grey. Florida Tech was 22-of-60 from the field, shooting 37 percent. They were hurt by their 6-of-14 performance from the charity stripe, as well.

The Panthers didn’t help themselves, turning the ball over 20 times, but the 17 turnovers by Barry did allow the Panthers to get back into this one, as the majority of those turnovers came late in the third and early in the fourth.

Barry (4-7, 2-2 SSC) lead by five in the first quarter but a three by Amanda Allen made it 13-11 with 3:15 to go. Barry would expand the lead to 17-13, but a basket by Hakanson with 13 seconds left made it a 17-15 lead for the Bucs after 10 minutes of play.

A three by Hakanson to start the second quarter gave the Panthers an 18-17 lead. The quarter went back-and-forth early, but Barry pulled away when Ida Anderrson, Melanie Jordan and Harriet Swindells, all hit threes. helping the home team end the stanza on a 9-0 run and lead 39-26 at the half.

The Bucs would get that lead to 16 after another three by Swindells to start the third. Andersson’s three with 7:52 to go, got the lead back to 14, 45-31. It would be 49-33, before Gracie Doane stopped the bleeding with a three, with 3:26 left in the quarter.

Shortly after, the Panthers would go on an 8-0 run, thanks to five Barry turnovers and a scoring drought that lasted over 3 1/2 minutes. All that helped the Panthers cut a 16-point deficit to eight heading into the final quarter, down 49-41.

Florida Tech would quickly cut it to one, 49-48, thanks to baskets by Gudlaug Juliusdottir and Kailyn Ebb. Allen had another three sandwiched in there. A three by Juhnae Richardson stopped the bleeding and gave the Bucs a 52-48 lead with 5:52 to go.

The Panthers did tie it up at 55, helped by free-throws from Juliusdottir and Ebb. Unfortunately, the Panthers would go on a 3:15 scoring drought to end the game and Barry scored nine points in that span, coming away with the victory.

For more info: Florida Tech @ Barry Box Score

The Panthers will return home Wednesday, opening the 2019 portion of their schedule against Sunshine State Conference foe Florida Southern. The game will tip at 5:30 p.m.