Both ASA College-Miami’s men’s and women’s basketball teams opened their regular seasons with road trips this past weekend.
The men traveled 10-plus hours to Niceville, Florida to play a pair of games at Northwest Florida State College – taking on Coastal Alabama-North this past Friday and the host NWFC Raiders the following night – but fell in both games, losing 102-85 and 99-61 respectively.
ASA Miami’s women fared a bit better over the weekend, winning the program’s first-ever regular season game in a 100-81 victory over IMG Academy on Friday night, but losing 84-41 to host Florida Southwestern State College Saturday night.
ASA men’s head coach Jean Dubuisson knew it was going to be tough sledding for his squad – which features eight new freshmen – going up against a Coastal Alabama team that won 21 games this past season and a Northwest Florida State program that was ranked No. 1 in the preseason Florida Junior College basketball polls and top five nationally.
After their history-making win on Friday, the Lady Silver Storm couldn’t find the same magic on Saturday. ASA was outscored in every quarter, falling into a 15-point hole in the opening 10 minutes and only lost more ground over the final 30 minutes.
Freshman guard Amiyah Harley, who set the program record for points in a single game with 32 as well as three-pointers made in a game with nine, only finished with 5 points Saturday. Transfer sophomore Ta’Kyla Austin led ASA with 16 points, but she was the only Lady Silver Storm player in double figures Saturday.