Molly Blomer scored a team-high 16 points, including 4 of 6 three-pointers to lead the No. 17 Nova Southeastern women to its second consecutive Sunshine State Conference regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming SSC Championships, with a 83-64 win over visiting Eckerd on Saturday..
The Sharks (22-4, 13-2 SSC) turned a 13-point lead at the half into a 29-point margin as they started off the third quarter with a 17-1 run. They never looked back, as 18 points was the closest the Tritons (12-11, 6-8 SSC) got, and that was with under a minute left. Also for the Sharks, juniors Taylor Buie and Kayla Wright added 14 points each.
▪ Tampa 69, Barry 60: Amra Elezovic had 18 points and Irene Sanchez added 15 for the Buccaneers (17-8, 9-6 SSC) who were outscored 17-11 in the final period. The visiting Spartans (14-12, 7-7) were led by Juliana Cavallaro’s 19 points and Lourdes graduate Jackie Perez’s 11 points and eight assists. for the Spartans.
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Anton Lobanov (100-yard breaststroke), Thiago Sickert (200-yard butterfly) and the men’s 800-yard freestyle relay team (consisting of Marco Aldabe, Blake Woodrow, Sickert and Victor Tarin) won as the Nova Southeastern men’s and women’s swim teams finished second on the third day of the Sunshine State Championships at Orlando.
Lobanov, who holds the SSC overall and championship meet records in the 100-breast, put up a NCAA Standard-A time of 52.65. Sickert continued his record-breaking ways as he set a new championship meet record, which he had broken earlier in the day during prelims, in the 200-fly with a NCAA Standard-A time of 1:46.05.
▪ No. 24 Eckerd 60, Nova Southeastern 56: Senior Chris Page scored a game-high 24 to lead the host Sharks (10-15, 5-10 SSC), but the Tritons (21-5, 11-3 SSC) scored six of the last eight points in a game that saw 15 lead changes to take the win.
▪ No. 15 Barry 73, Tampa 67: Tray Leonard scored 13 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and set a Barry record with 12 blocks to record the first triple-double in school history as the host Bucs (19-5, 11-4 SSC) tripped up the Spartans (9-16, 4-10).
▪ No. 1 Barry 5, No. 9 Valdosta State 4: Fifth-ranked Ahmed Triki beat No. 10 Leo Blay, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) at No. 1 singles as the Bucs (2-0) escaped with a close win.
▪ No. 4 Barry 7, No. 21 Valdosta State 2: Emma Onila, Ana Pain, Sonja Larsen and Zuza Maciejewska each posted wins in singles and doubles for the Buccaneers (2-0).
▪ Barry 16-8, Nova Southeastern 2-5: Nova freshman Erica Winter allowed 15 hits and 16 runs int he first game and Dajia Jones struck out three as the host Sharks (3-9, 0-3 SSC) were swept in the first weekend of SSC play. The Buccaneers improve to 6-5, 3-0 SSC.
▪ Barry 6-3, Eckerd 0-4: Luis Deville pitched his first complete game, striking out three to lead the host Bucs (8-3, 2-1 SSC) to the shutout in the first game, but the Bucs lost to the Tritons (4-4, 1-2) in the nightcap.
▪ Nova Southeastern 9-9, Tuskeegee 0-0: Brandon hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning to lead the host Sharks (6-5) to the sweep of the Golden Tigers (2-8).
The No. 46 University of Miami women take to the course Sunday at 9 a.m. at the 2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship in New Orleans. The three-day, 54-hole tournament concludes Tuesday. Other top teams competing include: No. 4 UCLA, No. 6 Stanford, No. 7 Alabama, No. 11 Florida and No. 60 UCF.