College Sports

St. Thomas women capture Sun Conference tourney title

The St. Thomas women’s basketball team (27-4, 17-1) won The Sun Conference Championship with a 65-55 win over Webber International (22-7, 13-5) on Saturday at the Fernandez Family Center.

With the win, the Bobcats swept both the regular-season and conference tournament championships.

Tournament MVP and Sun Conference Player of the Year Dannisha Pierce played all 40 minutes, scoring 13 points and grabbing a team-high eight rebounds. Pierce, the nation’s leader in steals, recorded seven steals in the game.

Claudia Martin (15 points, seven rebounds) and Antishia Wright (14 points) were also named the All-Tournament team. Cleyder Blanco added 10 points off the bench.

Next up for the Bobcats is the 2015 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship in Sioux City, Iowa, from March 11 through March 17.

▪ Nova Southeastern 65, Saint Leo 61: The No. 25 Sharks (21-5, 13-3 Sunshine State Conference) wrapped up the regular-season championship as they came back to defeat the Lions (9-17, 4-12).

Jasmine Wilkins led the Sharks with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting.

▪ Tampa 70, Barry 50: The Buccaneers (13-15, 5-11 SSC) couldn’t overcome a 16-point half deficit, losing to the host Spartans (16-10, 9-7) in their final regular-season game.

Jackie Perez tied Christina Thompson’s school single-season record for three-point field goals, going 3 of 7 from beyond the arc. Perez’s 67 triples this year bumped her career total to 149, which put her in a tie for second with current Bucs’ assistant coach Shanna Suttington.

The Bucs finished in seventh place in the SSC and will face second-seeded Rollins in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament on Thursday at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee.

Men’s basketball

▪ Saint Leo 73, Nova Southeastern 59: The Sharks (11-15, 6-10 SSC) fell in their regular season finale to the host Lions (14-14, 6-10). The Sharks gave up the first 14 points of the game to the Lions, who led wire-to-wire.


▪ Nova Southeastern 11, Albany State 1: The Sharks (12-3) completed the sweep of the Golden Rams (1-16) in a mutual-decision, run-rule shortened game.

The sweep marks the fourth of the year for NSU, the most sweeps in a year since 2013. The Sharks received another quality start from Ryan Castellanos (4-1), who had a six-hit complete game and struck out eight.

Track and field

The University of Miami track and field program closed out the 2015 ACC Indoor Championships in Blacksburg, Virginia, with a pair of gold-medal performances.

Shakima Wimbley won gold in the women’s 200 meters with a personal-best time of 23.08 that ranks third in UM history. The sophomore earned her second medal of the day and broke the previous ACC Indoor Championships mark of 23.16 set by Miami’s Murielle Ahoure in 2009.

Wimbley’s first medal was silver with a second-place finish in the women’s 400-meter final in 52.15 seconds.

Christian Cook earned a gold medal in the men’s 60-meter hurdles, running a personal-best 7.79 seconds.


▪ Rollins 4-5, Nova Southeastern 0-3: The host Sharks (8-7, 0-2 SSC) opened conference play with a pair of losses to the No. 18 Tars (11-0, 2-0).