Florida Tech women’s basketball ended their regular season with a disappointing showing on Saturday at Tampa, losing 91-54.
Florida Tech (3-5) did have three players in double-figures with Fanny Paulin leading the way with 13. Lina Stranger-Johannessen and Fanny Paulin finished with 10 each. Aiste Vaitekunaite had nine rebounds to lead the Panthers and Fanny Hakanson had six assists.
Tampa answered with three of their own. Terri Battle (20), Julia Ingram (17), and Mya Giusto (13). Battle also led in rebounds with 12, giving her a double-double.
The Panthers shot 35 percent from the field, going 21-for-60. They hit just six of their 28 threes, 21.4 percent). On the flip side, the Spartans went 33-of-63, hitting 52.4 percent. That included 14-for-22 from the three-point range (63.6 percent). Tampa also won the rebounding battle 43-30.
Vaitekunaite got the first points of the game for Florida Tech on a layup and Tampa answered with back-to-back threes, making it 6-2. After two Zoe Murphy free-throws and a Hakanson layup tied it at 6, Tampa would hit another three and Hakanson made it 9-8. That’s when the wheels started to come off for the visitors.
A 10-0 run by Tampa made it 19-8. Paulin would make consecutive threes but Tampa answered both and took a 26-13 lead. They would get another three from Audrey Ramsey and lead 29-13 after 10 minutes.
The Panthers got the first two baskets of the second quarter including a three by Stranger-Johannessen cutting it to 29-18. Julia Ingram’s second three of the quarter for Tampa made it 44-24 and Tampa used an 11-2 run late in the quarter to lead 50-26 at the break.
After the Panthers cut the lead to 25 Tampa just continued to build and led 41-76 at the end of the third. The fourth quarter saw Tampa start with an 8-2 run but there were some extended scoring droughts on both sides. With 4:32 left, the Spartans led 84-43.
Paulin would cut into that lead with a three to make it 87-50, but this one was in the books long ago.
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The Panthers will now turn their attention to the Sunshine State Conference tournament that gets underway on Tuesday. Florida Tech will travel to West Palm Beach to take on Palm Beach Atlantic in a 6:00 game.