NICEVILLE, FL – A night after getting muscled by one of the country's top women's junior college basketball teams, ASA Miami was hoping to bounce back and capture at least win at the Northwest Florida State College Weekend Tournament.
Trailing by a mere four points (49-45) headed into the fourth quarter, the Lady Silver Storm had what could've been one of their worst 10-minute stretches of the season and ended up falling 72-50 to Pearl River Community College Saturday night.
Keeping Saturday's game close could've been enough for a moral victory for ASA Miami (3-8) given that the Lady Silver Storm was even more shorthanded than usual for the weekend. Already without a pair of guards, ASA head coach Kevin Johnson had to make the 10-hour trip to Niceville, Florida without 6-foot-2 center Toriana McDuffie – who was nursing a back injury.
Of the seven players that were available, three recorded at least 10 points Saturday. Mackenzie Sadaka and G'Torria Swinton each totaled 11 while Ta'Kyla Austin finished with 10 points. Swinton, who's moved into the state's top 10 in rebounding, was one board shy of notching a double-double Saturday. Amiyah Harley couldn't find a rhythm Saturday and only finished with nine points on 3-for-13 shooting while Lashayla Johnson added seven points and four rebounds.
As a team, the Lady Silver Storm shot just 28 percent from the field and 21 percent from the three-point line while Pearl River knocked down 43 percent of its shots. ASA also lost the rebound battle 44-26 and was outscored 23-5 in the fourth quarter.
Up Next: ASA Miami returns home and will play three games before going on winter holiday break – beginning with a home game against North Central Missouri College (Dec. 12), a road tilt at Hillsborough Community College (Dec. 14), and hosting Baltimore City Community College on Dec. 19.