TAMPA, Fla. — For the second time in as many games, Nova Southeastern knocked off a ranked Sunshine State Conference opponent on the road, topping No. 15 Tampa on Saturday 68-61.
The Sharks (12-3, 4-1 SSC), just as they did when they defeated No. 19 Rollins in Winter Park on Wednesday, trailed at the half 36-35. But they started the second half with a 9-0 run to take a lead they didn’t relinquish.
The 9-0 run eventually turned into a 14-4 stretch to put Sharks up nine at 49-40. However, Tampa went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to two with 12:09 remaining.
From then until the 7:43 mark, the Sharks scored six consecutive points, capped by a layup by Amanda Burakoski off an assist from Tailor Jones. Burakoski, NSU’s leading scorer in six of the last seven games coming in, was held to just five points, and this was her first field goal Saturday. But it and her second-made shot of the night couldn’t have come at more opportune times.
NSU went back ahead a few minutes later at 61-54. The Sharks once more cut it to two points at 61-59 with 2:07 remaining. Burakoski came through with a 3-point goal at the 1:52 mark and the closest Tampa was the rest of the game was within four points.
Meixandra Porter led all scorers in the game with 20 points, including four 3-pointers and three key free throws in the final 36 seconds. Danielle Robinson had 14 points and Jessica Russi chipped in with nine points while leading the Sharks with six assists and five rebounds. Jones had eight points and four assists.
Tampa (11-3, 2-3 SSC) was led by Moriah Hodge’s 18 points and Illyssa Vivo, who had 16, but only two points after the break. Saturday marked the first game that NSU was outrebounded by its opponent, but still won (27-25 in favor of UT).