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Sasha Sims greets the elementary school students following Thursday's win over PBA.
by: Jim Hogue Photos
Women's Hoops Rolls Past Palm Beach Atlantic 93-48
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  12/05/2013
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For the second straight game, the Stetson women's basketball team put on an offensive show.

Six Hatters scored in double figures, led by Amber Porter's 23, as Stetson (5-3) rolled to a 93-48 victory over visiting Palm Beach Atlantic (3-7) Thursday afternoon at the Edmunds Center.

Stetson had scored 101 points in Monday's win over Florida A&M.

A packed house of 2,386 Volusia County elementary school students saw the Hatters shoot 46% from the floor and hit a season-high 12 three-pointers Thursday en route to the 45-point victory.

"It's loud, it's fun, it's a great atmosphere," Stetson head coach Lynn Bria said about the annual elementary school day. "The energy is just incredible. It's my favorite game of the year. Our players love it, too."

"It's really exciting, having the kids come and supporting and cheering for us," said junior Cherrise Burris, who finished with a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds. "Whenever we score, or if we do something bad or something good, they are still yelling and screaming for us, so it's really exciting."

The Hatters lit up the scoreboard from the opening tip as Sasha Sims drove in for a lay-up a mere four seconds into the game.  Stetson would connect on their first five field goal attempts to take an early 12-4 lead.  Jama Sharp and Burris each hit from behind the arc during that stretch.  

Stetson quickly pushed the lead even further as Porter converted a three-point play, Brianti Saunders scored on a lay-up, Sims drained a three out of the left corner and followed with another lay-up to put Stetson ahead 22-4.  The Hatters were 9-for-10 from the field with three three-pointers to put the game out of reach early.

"The first five minutes establishes the tone of the game," Bria said. "We were just on fire. We were hitting shots from the perimeter, we were getting inside, and we were getting stops. I thought our energy was very good to start the game. I was really pleased with our effort in the beginning."

Stetson owned a 29-point lead at halftime and led by as many as 50 late in the second half.

Porter finished with a near triple-double, adding 17 rebounds and a school-record-tying eight blocks to her 23-point performance.  Fellow freshman Brianti Saunders scored 17 points and dished out four assists.

"It's something we are going to talk about a lot, it probably sounds like a broken record," Bria said about the performances of Porter and Saunders.  "They just don't play like freshmen. I think both of them are going to get a lot better. They also play very well together."

After being held without a field goal on the recent road trip, C.J. Coddington scored a career-high 13 points Thursday, connecting on all three of her three-point attempts.

"I thought C.J. really had a great game, and probably needed the game," Bria said.  "She has been taking great shots, they just haven't been going in.  It was good to see them go in this game."

Sharp (11 points) and Sims (10 points) rounded out the six players in double-figure scoring.  All nine players played 12 minutes or more.

"I like that for probably the last five minutes we played five freshmen," Bria said.  "I think that is really good for our program. They are getting minutes for January and February. All that helps when you can get game minutes."

Winners of four of their last five games, the Hatters will return to action Sunday afternoon at USF.  Tip-off at the Sun Dome is scheduled for 1 p.m.DeAsia Beal added seven points and five rebounds.

Notes: Stetson has scored 194 points in its last two games ... Amber Porter has registered 46 points, 32 rebounds, and 14 blocks in her last two games ... Her eight blocks tied the school single-game record held by Josyln Giles (8 vs. Bethune-Cookman in 2002) and Diedre Hillery (8 vs. Florida State in 1985) ... The 10 team blocks tied for the second-highest single-game total in school history, as did the 12 three-point field goals ... The 31 three-point field goal attempts broke the school record ... Stetson's last 45-point win came on Feb. 23, 1987 against Saint Leo (103-46).  

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