Women's Basketball Downs Palm Beach Atlantic 84-73 On Friday

Women's Basketball Downs Palm Beach Atlantic 84-73 On Friday

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The Armstrong State University women's basketball squad knocked off Palm Beach Atlantic, 84-73, on Friday afternoon in the Nova Southeastern Thanksgiving Classic in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

The Pirates evened up their record at 3-3 with the win, the third straight for the Pirates. Palm Beach Atlantic falls to 2-3 on the year with the loss. Armstrong State will wrap up action at the Classic by facing host and No. 21-ranked Nova Southeastern at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Armstrong State jumped out to a 20-13 lead in the first quarter and led by seven, 42-35, at the break. The Sailfish cut the lead to four points, 42-38, two and a half minutes into the third quarter but senior Jessica Doyle scored the Pirates' next 10 points over a two and a half minute stretch to push the lead out to 12 points, 52-40, and Armstrong State closed out the win over PBAC.

Doyle scored a career-high 25 points on the night on 10-of-21 shooting from the floor, including 4-of-12 three-pointers and added one free throw, four steals, four rebounds and three assists. Senior Deundria Clark also notched a career-high 18 points, while junior Machala Raymonville chipped in 11 points off the bench.

Palm Beach Atlantic was led by Ayanna Holmes' 18 points off the bench, while Jane Svilberg added 13 points and Mina Salhia notched 12 points. Rachael Holehouse notched 11 points as well for the Sailfish. 

Armstrong State shot 36.7 percent from the floor (29-of-79) while making a season-high 12 three-pointers, shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc (12-of-33). The Pirates hit 14-of-23 foul shots as well (60.9 percent). 

Palm Beach Atlantic shot 37.3 percent from the floor (25-of-67) and made 8-of-20 three-pointers (40 percent), while knocking down 15-of-22 free throws (68.2 percent). Armstrong State forced 20 turnovers by the Sailfish on the day.