FORT MYERS, Fla.-Junior Kristi Harrell (Melbourne, Fla.) led the Panthers with 21 points notching her career high going 9-13 from the field to raise
Florida Tech (1-0) to a 73-55 victory of the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez (0-3) in the first game of the Florida Gulf Coast Hillmyer-Tremont Classic
Fellow guard sophomore Tenisha Chase (Temple Hills, Md.) added 14 points going a perfect 4-4 from the line while newcomer junior Danielle Vaughn
(Tallahassee, Fla.) chipped in 11 points, 4 rebounds and two assists. Defensively, junior forward Mimi Velasquez (New York, N.Y.) patrolled the paint
pulling down nine boards for Tech.
Head Coach John Reynolds was able to clear the bench allowing all his players some time on the court. Last year’s leading scorer junior guard Jen Tamilio
(Salem, Mass.) tallied eight points, seven rebounds and three steals.
From Mayaguez, Natalie Emmanuelli led all players scoring 25 points, six rebounds and three steals. Meredith Mass added the game high 10 rebounds.
The Panthers will be back in action tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. in day two of the Classic facing UPR-Bayamon who Florida Gulf Coast shut down in today’s second