THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2014
Women’s Basketball Travels to Eckerd Saturday
MELBOURNE, Fla. (Women’s Basketball) – The Florida Tech Panthers were off on Wednesday, but return to Sunshine State Conference action Saturday when they travel to face the Tritons of Eckerd in St. Petersburg. Three games remain in the regular season, and Saturday will be the second to last road game for the Panthers.
The Panthers (15-10, 6-7 SSC) defeated Florida Southern 71-64 back on Feb. 15. Junior Kayk Wilson led the Panthers and all scorers in the game with 19 points. Wilson leads the SSC in scoring this season with 19.6 points per game. The Rockledge, Fla. native also crossed the 1,000 career point milestone back on Jan. 29 against Barry. Wilson enters the game with Eckerd with 1,123 career points.
Senior Rita Acevedo is third in the SSC in assists per game at 4.6, and leads the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.6. As a team, the Panthers lead the SSC in free-throw shooting at 73.3 percent and in turnovers per game at 13.9.
The Tritons (9-14, 2-11 SSC) have dropped their last two games including this past Wednesday when they lost 58-40 to Tampa. Eckerd has been without leading scorer Liga Vente for the past two games due to an injury. The Tritons are looking to avoid being swept this season by the Panthers. The Panthers defeated the Tritons 64-61 in overtime back on Jan. 25 in Melbourne. FIT leads the all-time series with Eckerd 46-13.
Three games remain in the 2013-14 regular season. After this weekend the Panthers will travel to No. 6 Nova Southeastern next Wednesday and finish the regular season by hosting Barry on Mar. 1. The Panthers will then take part in the 2014 Sunshine State Conference Championships in Kissimmee, Fla. The SSC Championships takes place Mar. 5-9 at the Silver Spurs Arena.
Tip-off Saturday against Eckerd is set for 2 p.m. ET inside the McArthur Center. Live stats and audio will be available at FloridaTechSports.com. The Panther men will take on Eckerd following the women at 4 p.m.