Florida Tech women’s basketball got a big win Saturday afternoon beating host Embry-Riddle 77-62 in a Sunshine State Conference showdown. The win snaps a three-game losing streak and evens the Panthers record at 7-7.
The Panthers got the win despite not having the services of their leading scorer Aniquah Swan, who did not play in this one. Her teammates were there to pick up the slack, as the Panthers had five players in double figures. Amanda Allen, Fanny Hakanson, and Fanny Paulin each had 14 points, while November Morton and Makayla Daniels had 10. Gudlaug Juliusdottir just missed joining the party, finishing with nine.
Florida Tech crashed the boards all game long, outrebounding the Eagles 50-34. Allen led the way there, pulling down 11 for the Panthers, and finishing with a double-double.
In Thursday’s loss to Florida Southern, the Panthers were just 6-of-27 from behind the arc. They turned that around Saturday, shooting 40 percent (12-for-30). It was a good shooting day for the Panthers as a whole. They went 30-of-69 from the field, a 43.5 percent clip.
The game was close for much of the first three quarters, with the Panthers seizing control in the fourth. This game saw four ties and nine lead changes.
Embry-Riddle (5-7, 3-3 SSC) jumped out to a 9-2 lead at the start but two threes by Allen helped spark a 16-2 run to end the quarter, and the Panthers were up 18-11.
Hakanson hit a three and Allen got a bucket to stretch the Panthers lead to 23-13 early in the second quarter, but a 7-0 run by ERAU tightened things up. The Panthers led 28-20, but the Eagles cut it to 28-24 before Allen picked up her second foul with 2:39 left in the half and was forced to sit.
Sarah Jones hit a three later in the half that was answered by Hakanson, giving the Panthers a 33-31 lead before two free throws by the Eagles tied it at 33, heading to the locker room.
Allen hit her fourth three of the day to start the third quarter, and Paulin hit a three making it 41-35, but the Eagles wouldn’t go away, tying the game at 45. Morton hit a three to give the Panthers a 49-45 lead, but the Eagles went on a 5-0 run to take the lead by one. Morton hit another three to spark a 6-0 run to end the third quarter and give the Panthers a 57-52 lead, heading into the fourth quarter.
Florida Tech started the fourth the way they ended the third, on a big run. They scored the first nine points of the quarter and went up 66-52. A three by Hakanson made it a 15-point game, but the Eagles answered to make it 69-57. Cheyenne Scott would score four of the Panthers six points, as they got a much-needed victory.
For more info: Florida Tech @ Embry-Riddle Box Score
The Panthers next play on Wednesday, January 8, when they take on Eckerd College at the Clemente Center. That game will tipoff at 5:30 p.m.