MELBOURNE, Fla.-The Florida Tech Panthers (5-1) prevailed 63-38 over the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez (0-7) in the final game of the 2005 Florida
Tech Women’s Basketball Thanksgiving Classic this evening at the Clemente Center.
The win makes this the 18th win in the eleven year history of the tournament which began in 1995. This is also the third year straight and the sixth time a
Panther has garnered the honor of MVP of the tournament.
Junior newcomer guard Danielle Vaughn (Tallahassee, Fla.) grabbed the MVP honors for the Panthers leading all players both days in scoring. Vaughn finished
with 20 points today going 10-13 from the field and pitching in seven rebounds and three assists. For both days she tallied 36 points, 14 rebounds, 5
assists and two steals.
Joining Vaughn on the 2005 All Classic Team was teammate sophomore forward Kassie Crimi (Jordan, Minn.). Crimi was second on the team in scoring today with
nine points. She totaled 15 points, six boards, five assists, three blocks and two steals. Crimi was perfect from the line for the tournament at 5-for-5.
Defensively, junior forward Milana Velasquez (New York, N.Y.) lit up under the boards pulling down a tournament high ten rebounds and added three assists.
Tech finally managed to hustle in the paint and out rebound the Janes 43 to 27 for the final game.
Two Panthers chipped in eight points including sophomore forward Amanda Muns (Chico, Tex.) and senior forward Lulu Diaz (Miami, Fla.). Muns also added
Today the Panthers performed better at the line finishing with a 65% hitting 11-of-17 while Mayaguez only went 4-9 in free throws.
Senior point guard Natalie Emannuelli (Orlando, Fla.) was also named to the All Classic Team finishing the game with 17 points. Junior guard Michelle
Aguirre (Guayama, P.R.) added ten points.
The Panthers will be back in action on Thursday, December 1 at 5:30 p.m. when the host Florida Memorial at the Clemente Center.