Deadeye shooting and a propensity to fluster the opposition led to a fifth win in five games in Sun Conference play for the Southeastern women's basketball team on Saturday at home.
The Fire, ranked No. 5 in NAIA in the country, blew out Warner by a score 93-47 thanks to 13 3-pointers and 48 points off of turnovers. Leading the way off the bench was senior point guard Gabby Suarez, who put up 17 points, three rebounds and three assists. Senior shooting guard Raegan Linster chipped in with 16 points, five rebounds and three assists, and graduate shooting guard Marta Aranda added 14 points, four assists and two rebounds.
Other double-figure contributors were graduate shooting guard Rebecca Cook with 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists, graduate center Angela Perry with 12 points and four boards and graduate point guard Tahanee Bennell with 10 points, eight assists and five boards.
Meanwhile, Warner scored a season-low 47 points. Contributing to the Royals was freshman forward Jasmine Edwards, who put up a team-high 17 points and seven rebounds. Freshman forward Chanelle McDonald posted 10 points and nine rebounds.
The Fire winning nine of 10 had a lot to do with hitting four 3-pointers and forcing 12 turnovers in the first quarter, which led to a 24-7 lead over the Royals. Warner made just seven baskets during that stretch.
Warner upped its play in the third quarter, though, shooting 6 of 10 from the field and 4 of 5 from the 3-point line. The Royals at this stage traded baskets as the Fire hit on 10-of-24 overall and produced five more 3-pointers, which increased the lead to 31 with 3:46 to go in the third quarter.
And the same defensive theme that started early on for the Fire also stood out near the end of the game. Southeastern forced the Royals into seven more turnovers.
The Fire (9-1, 5-0) next will play No. 23 Loyola (Louisiana) (6-2, 2-1) at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in New Orleans. Warner (2-5, 1-3) will gear up for Bethune-Cookman University (2-5) at 6 p.m. on Monday in Daytona Beach.
Webber drops 2nd straight Sun Conference game
The Warriors dropped two Sun Conference matchups in a row after falling short 53-50 to Keiser (9-3) on Saturday in Babson Park.
Graduate guard Deja King put up 12 points, six rebounds, four steals and three blocks. Senior center Rushell Jacob scored 10 points and grabbed nine boards, and guard Eletra Graham produced 10 points and two boards. Senior guard Amaya Small had a career-high six blocks to go along with her five rebounds.
To make it a tight contest near the end of the game, King hit back-to-back layups on assists from senior guards Dasia Wandick and Small, which cut the game to 51-50 Keiser.
That's as close as the Warriors would get.
Ultimately, the loss came down to rebounding, as Keister outrebounded Webber 55-38. Keiser senior forward Angela Denis, who scored 11 in the game, registered 20 rebounds, which tied the school record. She also pulled down 14 defensive rebounds, which is a program best.
Up next for Webber (6-2, 2-2) will be an exhibition matchup versus Jacksonville University (5-2), at 11 a.m. on Friday in Jacksonville.
Florida Southern wins 1st home game of year
Florida Southern won two in a row after defeating Palm Beach Atlantic 89-67 on Saturday at Streamline Sale Arena.
Graduate forward Whitney Jacob scored a season-high 26 points, including 4 of 5 from downtown. Graduate guard Julia Jenike scored 14 points and pulled down three rebounds. Freshman guard Madlena Gerke tallied 13 points, five assists, and three boards. And freshman guard Arielle Dabu put up 10 points and two rebounds.
Palm Beach was up after the first quarter, then Florida Southern took over the game. Gerke hit two 3-pointers, and freshman guard Paula Real scored two layups to put the score at 30-23 in the second quarter. The Moccasins rode this momentum until the end of the game to capture the very first home win of the year.
The Moccasins (3-4, 2-1) will next play Lynn (2-5) at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Boca Raton.
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