Twin 12-0 runs spurred the No. 8 Nova Southeastern women’s basketball team to a 60-55 victory over Rollins on Saturday afternoon at the NSU Arena.
The Sharks (8-1, 4-0 Sunshine State Conference) used the first stretch to take the lead in the third quarter and the second to put the game away late in the fourth.
The squad was led by a trio of top scorers — Molly Blomer, Monaye Merritt and Kayla Wright — who combined for just one less point than the squad for Rollins (4-4, 1-2 SSC).
The third-quarter stretch saw the Sharks turn a 33-29 deficit into a 41-33 lead, keeping the Tars scoreless for 4:11. Then, in the final period, Rollins cut what was as much as an eight-point disadvantage all the way down to one, at 49-48 with 3:42 to go.
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But Wright answered with a layup while drawing a foul, completing the three-point play to initiate another spurt of a dozen in a row. Rollins wouldn’t score again until there was just 40.4 seconds left, all but icing the victory for the Sharks, who made their final eight free throws.
Blomer was 6 of 11 from the field, making four three-pointers and all four of her free throws, for a career high of 20 points.
Merritt had 19 points and five rebounds while leading the Sharks with eight assists and three steals, as well as garnering their only blocked shot of the game. Wright scored 15 points and pulled down a team-best eight rebounds.
▪ Palm Beach Atlantic 71, Barry 43: The Sailfish (2-6) shut down the visiting Buccaneers (5-3), who shot just 29 percent from the field. Irene Sanchez led the Bucs with 13 points and eight rebounds.
▪ Palm Beach Atlantic 100, Barry 99: The Buccaneers (6-2) lost to the host Sailfish (4-4) on a last-second shot. Palm Beach Atlantic’s Bakari Warthen scored at the buzzer as the Sailfish beat the Bucs for the first time since 2011.
The loss snapped a five-game win streak for Barry.
The Bucs were led by Adrian Gonzalez, who scored 26 points and had five rebounds. Yunio Barrueta had 25 points and seven boards. He was nine of 17 from the field, including 5 of 9 from three-point range.
▪ Broward College 80, TAAG Academy 47: Joe Allen scored 13 points to lead the host Seahawks (5-3) over the Ambassadors (2-2).
Jaquan McKennon had 10 points and Kyanti Blyden added nine for Broward.
Anthony Castillo scored 16 points for TAAG Academy.
The Nova Southeastern University men’s and women’s teams completed the final day of the Sixth Annual Shark Invitational. Emma Wahlstrom and Thiago Sickert were named the Michael D. Fish Most Outstanding Female and Male Swimmers of the invitational, respectively.
Wahlstrom scored 116 points, and Sickert tallied 108 points. Wahlstrom won the 100-yard freestyle (51.20) and 200-yard backstroke (2:03.61) on Saturday. Sickert finished second in the 100-freestyle (44.34).
Barry’s Michael Dodds, Thomas Coombes and Patrick Drmola were named to the NSCAA All-South Region team.