Since its multiple record-setting victory to open the 2018 regular season, ASA Miami women’s basketball team hasn’t been able to find the winning formula as the Lady Silver Storm lost their third straight game following a two-game weekend snide.
ASA Miami traveled to Daytona Beach, Florida this past weekend to play a pair of games – a Saturday afternoon tilt with host Daytona State College and a Sunday afternoon matchup with DME Sports Academy.
Saturday’s loss to Daytona State was a tough one to swallow given that the Silver Storm led 34-28 at halftime. ASA was clinging to a 48-46 late in the third quarter before the Lady Falcons knocked down a three-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer to take a one-point lead over ASA. Daytona State then went on to outscore the Silver Storm 18-6 in the final 10 minutes to cement the 70-54 outcome.
Sophomore transfer Ta’Kyla Austin poured in a team-high 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting but was one of three ASA Miami players that fouled out – forcing the Silver Storm to play the final handful of minutes with only four players on the court.
Losing multiple players to foul trouble was a recipe for disaster for the already shorthanded Silver Storm, who only had seven players available due to a Lashalya Johnson being out with a shoulder injury and two other guards unavailable until after the New Year.
The second game of the back-to-back tested the Lady Silver Storm’s resolve, with ASA Miami fighting hard for 40 minutes but ultimately falling 63-56 to DME Sports Academy.
Austin turned in another team-leading performance, finishing with 19 points (6-of-10 from the field), five rebounds and three assists. Mackenzie Sadaka added 13 points and Maria Semenichenko added 10 points off the bench.
G’Torria Swinton had a solid floor game, leading the team with eight rebounds, five assists, and two steals, but missed all four of her shots.
ASA Miami has two more chances to earn its second win of the season this week, traveling to play Eastern Florida State College (Nov. 13) and Trinity College (Nov. 16) before going on Thanksgiving holiday break.