FORT VALLEY, Ga.- Once again Florida Tech (6-5) loses their fourth straight game with only a matter of a few baskets making the difference in a Panther win
or loss, falling 51-47 to NCAA regional opponent Albany State (1-7) at the 2005 Fort Valley State Holiday Classic.
The Lady Rams came to play after losing seven straight for the season outscoring the Panthers 30-21 at the half. The Panthers shot 52.9% to the Lady Rams
46.2% in the first twenty, but when there are a combined 36 turnovers and 23 came from Tech, the Panthers were unable to set up an affective offense.
The Panthers downfall continued in the second half adding 10 more turnovers. Tech came back strong in the second half, after a poor first half and was able
to knot up the game with three minutes left off a key lay-up by junior Danise Fequiere (Miami, Florida) after being down by as much as 14 at 13:31 on the
Despite the strong effort by the bench players including Fequiere and first year Panthers’ junior Danielle Vaughn (Tallahassee, Fla.) and freshman Kailey
Dettman (Sarasota, Fla.) and freshman starter Sabrina Jones (Orlando, Fla.) they were unable to overcome the Lady Rams in the final seconds after allowing
two key offensive rebounds on Albany State’s offensive effort.
The Rams’ head coach was bale to play 15 of his 16 players with eleven players scoring including three grabbing eight points. Junior Monica Wheat
(Montgomery, Ala.) , sophomore Aldrany Peak (Shellman, Ga.) and Keywanna Price (Shellman, Ga.) combining for 24 points with Peak leading under the boards
with eight rebounds.
Tech was led by Vaughn who scored the game high 12 points and added six rebounds. Fequiere chipped in ten points. Sophomore Amanda Muns (Chico, Texas)
added 11 points. Freshman Jones had five boards and a team high three steals while Dettman had five points, two steals and two assists.
The Panthers will be back in action tomorrow in the final day of the Classic facing host Fort Valley State at 3:00 p.m.