Thursday night, the Stetson women’s basketball team was struggling to find its usual home court momentum. Head coach Lynn Bria had tried different line-up combinations, she had tried switching her defensive schemes, yet she continued to see her team trail by just a few points throughout much of the second half.
With seven minutes to play Bria had finally seen enough, and she took her emotion out on her clipboard.
"I slammed the board so hard I cut my finger," she said.
The referees issued Bria a technical foul, and while UNF knocked down its two free throws, the Hatters all of a sudden had a surge of energy.
“She had our back so we had to have her's," junior C.J. Coddington said. "We had to come out and get stops when we needed to, and just come out and win for each other and for her.”
Following the technical free throws, Stetson scored six points in under a minute to tie the game at 64. Amber Porter then registered a big defensive block that Brianti Saunders turned into a transition bucket and the Hatters had their first lead in nearly 10 minutes.
“We just played better defense and got stops and finished on the offensive side,” Porter explained.
From the technical foul onward, the Hatters outscored UNF 17-5 and outrebound the Ospreys 12-3 to capture the victory, which extended Stetson's home court win streak to 10.
“Once we started boxing out, grabbing the ball, stuff like that, everything pretty much came together for us,” Coddington said. “Our offense started flowing. Amber hit some big shots. Brianti came down hit a fastbreak lay-up for us that really got our momentum going in the second half.”
In the end, Bria, who rarely receives a technical foul, felt it was worth it for the team.
“Normally, I don’t like to do that. I don’t like to give them too many points, but I didn’t care,” Bria said. “At some point, I’m going to protect my team, and I’m going to get a technical.
"If takes me getting fired up and getting a bloody finger, I have a lot of fingers," Bria quipped. "I have more fingers than boards."
Stetson (13-5, 5-1 A-Sun) will look for its sixth straight win overall and 11th in a row at home on Saturday as the Hatters host Jacksonville (8-9, 5-1) at 1 p.m. The Dolphins, Hatters, and Northern Kentucky sit in a three-way tie for second place in the Atlantic Sun standings.
Tickets start at $5 and can be purchased online at GoHatters.com/tix or at the Edmunds Center box office. Stetson students, faculty, and staff are free with a valid ID.
Live video will be available on HatterVision, while live stats, the @StetsonWBB twitter feed, and Hat-Alerts will provide in-game updates as well.