By: Philip de Montmollin, St. Thomas (Fla.) Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - St. Thomas set a school record for points scored in a game and senior Jasmin Sakers (Miami American HS) matched a school record with 36 points of her own in a 116-108 win over Olivet Nazarene on Monday at the Northwood Holiday Classic in West Palm Beach. In addition to Sakers, junior Claudia Martin (Miami Senior HS) scored a career-high 29 points to go along with a game-high 12 rebounds.
The Bobcats (4-7) broke the school scoring record on 55% shooting making 48 field goals on 87 attempts from the field. Remarkably, the scoring output came in a game that STU did not make a single three-pointer, missing on all six attempts from beyond the arc. At the free throw line, the Bobcats sank 20 of their 32 attempts.
The 116 points scored by the Bobcats broke the previous school record of 102 points scored on Jan. 21, 2011 in a win over Edward Waters. Sakers matched the school record for individual points scored which came in the same game in 2011 when Maddie Cummings dropped 36 points in the 102-53 STU win. It marked just the third time in school history that the Bobcats have eclipsed the century mark in scoring and the fifth time that an STU player has scored 30 or more points.
Sakers scored on 15 field goals in 26 attempts as well as going 6-of-11 from the free throw line. In addition to her career-best scoring total, she recorded eight rebounds, six assists, two blocks and two steals.
Martin set career highs in points (29), field goals made (12), field goals attempted (17), rebounds (12), offensive rebounds (12) and steals (3). The double-double for Martin was the second of her career.
All five starters scored in double figures for the Bobcats with Antishia Wright (18), Daniella Ciccarone (18) and Jessika Montalvo (12) joining Sakers and Martin.
St. Thomas led by as many as 25 points in the second half, before Olivet Nazarene would outscore the Bobcats 42-20 over a 10-minute span to cut the lead to 101-98 with 3:17 left to play. Six points by Sakers along with made free throws by Ciccarone and Montalvo stretched the lead to as many as 10 points in the final minutes.
The Bobcats return to action on Tuesday vs. sixth ranked Cardinal Stritch at the Northwood Holiday Classic in West Palm Beach. Tip off is scheduled for noon.