MELBOURNE, Fla. (women’s basketball) — Senior guard Jen Tamilio (Boston, Mass.) was the driving overtime force that propelled the Florida Tech Panthers
(13-3-, 5-1) over the Barry Buccaneers (8-6, 4-1) in Sunshine State Conference play scoring seven of the eleven points taking the final score to 52-47 at
the Clemente Center tonight.
Tamilio finished the top match-up with 15 points, five rebounds, 1 block and three steals to lead the crimson and gray Hoopsters. Newcomer Casselle Russell
(Miami, Fla.) came off the bench in only her third week as a Panther netting seven points, five rebounds going a flawless 3-for-3 from the field.
At the half, Tech was down by one 24-to-25 unable to break the two –three zone defense the Bucs put out on the floor. The Panthers were unable to catch a
second-half break looking like they would again give up a home victory falling behind by seven at 5:33 on the clock.
Russell helped the kick start the late run for the Panthers picking up a steal and then forcing the foul to go 50% from behind the charity stripe. Tamilio
hit a key lay-up at 4:05 after a big defensive rebound by senior captain Kristi Harrell (Melbourne, Fla.).
Barry answered back with Christina Thompson (Mesquite, Texas) hit a jumper for Barry again pushing the Bucs ahead by six points with three minutes left of
Junior forward Kassie Crimi (Jordan, Min.), after a two week hiatus with an ankle injury, proved her spot on the court grabbed the second key steal for
Tech. Crimi brought the game within four hitting a big inside lay-up off a pass by fellow junior teammate Tenisha Chase (Upper Marlboro, Md.).
Again after some of the toughest defense seen this season, Harrell forced the third key steal. Senior Danielle Vaughn (Tallahassee, Fla.) was fouled hard
by the Bucs and hit both free-throws to bring the goal within two for Florida Tech.
The Panthers putting up a massive final push caused the final turnover off a full court press. Crimi who missed a jumper was backed up by one of the best
rebounds of Tamilio’s career catching at least ten feet off air. After bringing the ball back out to point, Chase found an open zone inside and Crimi put
up the tying lay-up for the Panthers 41-41 with thirty second still left on the clock.
Tamilio forced the forth and final turnover in the final seconds. Tamilio shot a final time only to bring the game to an extra five minutes of play.
Tech kept the Bucs to only score six points while they jumped ahead with eleven in overtime action. Besides Tamilio’s seven points including her first shot
from downtown, Chase and Kristin Heminger (Merritt Island, Fla.) were perfect from the line combining for the crimson and gray’s final four points.
Barry despite their loss outscored Tech in the paint 24-to-20 and were able to take advantage of opportunities from points off of turnovers at 19 to the
Panthers 17 for the game. Turnovers were close but Tech edged the Bucs with 20 to their 22 for the 45 minutes of play.
Head Coach Reynolds’, who has been having a difficult time finding the right starting line-up, again can be thankful for his depth on the bench with the
reservists capturing 21 points off the bench to Barry’s zero for the SSC match-up.
Crimi, Vaughn, Heminger and Chase combined for 24 points each scoring six for Tech. Chase led with four assists, while Harrell topped all players with four
steals. Defensively Vaughn grabbed her team high eight rebounds.
Alex Fernander (Nassau, Bahamas) led all players with a double double notching 16 points and 11 rebounds. Thompson finished with 12 points while SSC Player
of the Week Princess Bailey (Miami, Fla.) added ten points.
The Panthers will be back in action on Saturday, January 20 traveling south to face Nova Southeastern at a 5:30 p.m. tip-off. Check out the story by Carl
Kotala from Florida Today at http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070118/SPORTS/701180353/1002/SPORTS
Newspaper Box Score
Barry University vs Florida Tech
01/17/07 5:30 pm at Melbourne, Fla. (Clemente Center)
FLORIDA TECH 52, BARRY UNIVERSITY 47
BARRY UNIVERSITY (8-6, 4-1)
FERNANDER, Alex 6-14 4-7 16; THOMPSON, Christina 5-9 0-2 12; BAILEY,
Princess 5-16 0-5 10; MAGEEAN, Amanda 2-3 1-2 5; JANSSON, Sandra 1-8 1-2 4;
O’MALLEY, Tara 0-0 0-0 0; WIRTH, Alana 0-0 0-0 0; RUMPH, Ratisha 0-1 0-1 0;
PAUL, Grace 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-51 6-19 47.
FLORIDA TECH (13-3, 5-1)
TAMILIO, Jennifer 6-13 1-1 15; RUSSELL, Casselle 3-3 1-4 7; CHASE, Tenisha
2-7 2-2 6; CRIMI, Kassi 3-5 0-1 6; HEMINGER, Kristin 1-8 3-4 6; VAUGHN,
Danielle 2-8 2-4 6; JOHNSON, Shante 1-1 0-0 2; HARRELL, Kristi 1-3 0-1 2;
MUNS, Amanda 1-3 0-0 2; RICHARDSON, McKena 0-4 0-0 0; JONES, Sabrina 0-0 0-0
0; FEQUIERE, Danise 0-1 0-0 0; GREENE, Lindsay 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-56 9-17
Barry University………….. 24 17 6 – 47
Florida Tech……………… 25 16 11 – 52
3-point goals–Barry University 3-16 (THOMPSON, Christina 2-4; JANSSON,
Sandra 1-8; BAILEY, Princess 0-4), Florida Tech 3-22 (TAMILIO, Jennifer 2-8;
HEMINGER, Kristin 1-4; CHASE, Tenisha 0-1; VAUGHN, Danielle 0-2; HARRELL,
Kristi 0-2; MUNS, Amanda 0-2; RICHARDSON, McKena 0-3). Fouled out–Barry
University-FERNANDER, Alex, Florida Tech-None. Rebounds–Barry University 34
(FERNANDER, Alex 11), Florida Tech 42 (VAUGHN, Danielle 8). Assists–Barry
University 9 (BAILEY, Princess 4), Florida Tech 10 (CHASE, Tenisha 3). Total
fouls–Barry University 17, Florida Tech 18. Technical fouls–Barry
University-None, Florida Tech-VAUGHN, Danielle; TEAM. A-387