Kristi Harrell Scores Team-High 11 Points as Five Panther Seniors End Stellar Careers

11 Points as Five Panther Seniors End Stellar Careers . Ranked 21st in NCAA Division II, the Sunshine State Conference regular-season co-champion Florida
Tech Panthers were unable to pull off an upset in the NCAA south region quarterfinals, dropping a hard-fought 66-50 decision to fourth-ranked Delta State
(27-3) Friday afternoon in Alico Arena.

Senior sparkplug Kristi Harrell (Melbourne, Fla.) closed out her collegiate career with a team-high 11 points for Florida Tech (23-7), while fellow senior
Jennifer Tamilio (Boston, Mass.), the reigning SSC Player of the Year, and junior McKena Richardson (Quartz Hill, Calif.) chipped in eight points apiece
for the Panthers.

Three other Florida Tech seniors made their final appearances wearing the crimson and gray. Shante Johnson (Orlando, Fla.) scored five points and pulled
down a team-high five rebounds, Danielle Vaughn (Tallahassee, Fla.) added four points and Danise Fequiere (Miami, Fla.) grabbed two rebounds

Florida Tech fell victim to cold shooting in the first half, converting just 26% of its field goal attempts (6-for-23), compared to Delta State, which shot
52% from the floor (12-for-23) over the first 20 minutes of play. The Panthers managed to convert just one field goal in the game’s first nine minutes,
staking the Lady Statesmen to a 35-15 halftime lead.

“They were aggressive early in the game,” stated Florida Tech head coach John Reynolds. “They out played us. I haven’t seen a team play tougher half-court
defense since our Elite Eight team in 2001-2002. They are a very good basketball team. Delta State plays championship basketball.”

“We played like we were scared in the first half,” Tamilio stated. When asked if Delta State put added pressure on her, Tamilio responded, “Not that I was
aware of. They played hard defense on all of us.”

“We weren’t executing our offense,” Harrell added. “(They) forced (us into making) a lot of bad turnovers.’

Tech turned up the pressure on both ends of the floor in the second half, outscoring Delta State 35-31, thanks to 46% shooting (12-for-26) in the final
period, while limiting the high-powered DSU offense to just 30% shooting (7-for-23) in the final frame.

During the second half, the Panthers made adjustments and trimmed Delta State’s lead to 14 points on two different occasions, cutting the lead to 51-37
with 6:15 to play, but Florida Tech could get no closer.

“Every time we put a run together they answered,” added Reynolds.

Delta State outscored the Panthers 23-11 from the free throw line, shooting a blistering 89% (23-for-26), compared to just 61% (11-of-18) for Florida Tech.
The Lady Statesmen also claimed a 37-27 edge in rebounding, while the Panthers committed fewer turnovers (20) than Delta State (21).

Three Delta State players scored in double figures, led by junior Jessica Boyd (Gunnison, Miss.), who registered a game-high 16 points. Senior Wyconda
Thomas (Rosedale, Miss.,) and junior Jennifer Rushing (Hollandale, Miss.), the Gulf South Conference West Division Player of the Year, each added 14 for
the Lady Statesmen.

“They put pressure on our posts and our guards stepped up,” stated Delta State head coach Sandra Rushing. “Anytime you win at this time of the year, you’re

Newspaper Box Score

Florida Tech vs Delta State

03/09/07 2:00 pm at Fort Myers, Fla.

At Fort Myers, Fla.



HARRELL, Kristi 4-7 3-5 11; RICHARDSON, McKena 2-8 4-7 8; TAMILIO, Jennifer

3-10 0-0 8; HEMINGER, Kristin 2-5 1-2 5; JOHNSON, Shante 2-4 1-1 5; VAUGHN,

Danielle 2-4 0-0 4; MUNS, Amanda 1-1 0-0 3; CHASE, Tenisha 1-3 0-0 2;

McCARTNEY, Megan 0-0 2-2 2; RUSSELL, Casselle 1-1 0-0 2; CRIMI, Kassie 0-1

0-1 0; JONES, Sabrina 0-2 0-0 0; FEQUIERE, Danise 0-3 0-0 0; GREENE, Lindsay

0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-49 11-18 50.


Boyd, Jessica 5-8 3-3 16; Rushing, Jennifer 4-9 6-7 14; Thomas, Wyconda 4-9

4-4 14; Calhoun, Brittani 1-2 5-5 7; Wilson, Courtney 2-6 2-2 6; McBride,

Kirsten 2-7 1-1 5; Brown, Rebekah 1-3 1-2 3; McCormick, Jordan 0-1 1-2 1;

Chism, Courtney 0-0 0-0 0; Shepard, Whitney 0-0 0-0 0; Rogers, Taneisha 0-0

0-0 0; Martin, Ashley 0-0 0-0 0; Swanigan, Sheena 0-0 0-0 0; Ellington,

Natalie 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-46 23-26 66.

Florida Tech……………… 15 35 – 50

Delta State………………. 35 31 – 66

3-point goals–Florida Tech 3-11 (TAMILIO, Jennifer 2-6; MUNS, Amanda 1-1;

HEMINGER, Kristin 0-2; VAUGHN, Danielle 0-1; HARRELL, Kristi 0-1), Delta

State 5-13 (Boyd, Jessica 3-5; Thomas, Wyconda 2-3; McBride, Kirsten 0-1;

Brown, Rebekah 0-1; McCormick, Jordan 0-1; Ellington, Natalie 0-1; Rushing,

Jennifer 0-1). Fouled out–Florida Tech-None, Delta State-Ellington,

Natalie. Rebounds–Florida Tech 27 (JOHNSON, Shante 5), Delta State 37

(Brown, Rebekah 8). Assists–Florida Tech 8 (TAMILIO, Jennifer 2), Delta

State 10 (Thomas, Wyconda 4). Total fouls–Florida Tech 21, Delta State 20.

Technical fouls–Florida Tech-TEAM, Delta State-None.

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