Houston, Suttington each score 17
Courtesy of Barry Athletics
MIAMI SHORES, Fla.—The Barry Buccaneers shot down 13th-ranked Franklin Pierce, 67-49, in the Cruzin’ Classic Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Health & Sports Center Saturday night.
The Bucs (5-3) blistered the nets by hitting 61.5 percent (16-for-26) from the field in the first half, including nailing 6-for-12 from 3-point range. Barry led by as much as 22 points in the period before taking a 39-26 lead into the intermission.
In the second half, the Bucs pushed the advantage to 19 points, 49-30, on a jumper by Yvonne Houston with 13:09 left to play before the Ravens (9-3) rolled off 12 consecutive points over the next 6:15. The spurt trimmed the lead to 49-42 on a 3-pointer from Brittany Martelle with 6:53 remaining. But seven points was as close as FPU could get as Jen Mitchell hit a 3-pointer on Barry’s next possession and Danielle DeBerry nailed a trey with the shot clock running down with 4:06 left in the game that put the Bucs up 57-47.
Houston and Shanna Suttington each had 17 points to lead the Bucs, while Deberry added 11 points. Nadia Tijani had nine points and tied DeBerry with eight rebounds. Tijani also held FPU’s Jewel White to 17 points, including just six in the second half, a night after she torched Nova Southeastern for 34 points. Martelle chipped in 14 points for the Ravens off the bench.