Hannah Roney – Credit: Florida Tech Athletics
It was a mismatch from the start on Wednesday when the Barry Buccaneers beat Florida Tech 65-44 in a Sunshine State Conference women’s basketball game in Melbourne.
Florida Tech (3-19, 1-16 SSC) shot 31.4 percent for the game (16-for-51), while Barry started hot and finished 27-for-58 (46.6 percent).
Fanny Paulin was the only Panther in double figures with 14 points, 10 of those came in the first half. Aiste Vaitekunaite had eight, to go along with a team-high six rebounds. Hannah Roney and Makyla Daniels had six points each. Roney added six assists and four steals.
Ashleigh Pink led the Bucs with 13 points, followed by Ashia Pool’s 12. Emma Hergot led the visitors with 10 rebounds. She was four points shy of a double-double.
Barry (14-7, 11-6 SSC) led from the get-go in this one, starting the first quarter with a 12-2 run. Paulin hit a three to make it 12-5, but the Panthers would not score again for 3:15. Dalma Ehmann stopped that drought with a bucket and Paulin would hit free throws to close the quarter with Barry up 16-9.
Florida Tech hit just three of 11 shots in that first quarter.
Barry got a three to start the second quarter that was answered by Roney, cutting Barry’s lead to 19-12. Barry would build on that slightly after the Panthers were scoreless for 2:05. Shortly after, Daniels would hit a bucket, making it a 23-14 game.
Florida Tech was 5-for-18 shooting at the halfway point of the second quarter. They would finish the first half 7-for-23 (30.4 percent), including 3-for-11 from three-point range. Barry had an 8-0 run in a span that saw the Panthers go for almost four minutes without a point. All of that contributed to a 37-22 Bucs lead at the break.
The teams pretty much traded baskets for the first half of the third quarter before Severine Uggen went out of the game with an injury for the Panthers. She left with her team down 45-26 and both teams in a scoring slump. The Panthers scored six out of eight points to make it 45-30, but they would only get two free throws from Daniels the rest of the quarter and trailed 52-31 heading into the final stanza.
The Bucs scored six out of the first eight points to start the quarter and kept the momentum going until the final buzzer.
For more info: Barry @ Florida Tech Box Score
On Saturday, the Panthers will have another tough test when they travel to Tampa for a 2:00 p.m. game. The Spartans are 23-5 overall, 14-3 in the conference. That’s good for a No. 21 ranking in the country.