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Skyla Osceola finishes freshman season as NSU’s leader in assists, defensive rebounds

DAVIE — The Nova Southeastern University women’s basketball team made a push toward the end of its regular season by winning three of its final four games, but the momentum didn’t carry over to the postseason. The 2017-18 season for NSU, seeded No. 6, ended Feb. 28 with a 90-84 loss to No. 3 Embry-Riddle in a Sunshine State Conference quarterfinal in Daytona Beach.

Skyla Osceola had 90 assists and 66 defensive rebounds, both team highs, in her first season with the Nova Southeastern University women’s basketball team. (Kevin Johnson)

Freshman guard Skyla Osceola, of the Hollywood Reservation, scored eight points and had four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 26 minutes of playing time. Osceola fouled out with 15 seconds left in the game right after she made a jump shot that trimmed the deficit to six points.

Embry-Riddle fell to top-seeded Florida Southern in the conference championship, 87-68.

For the season, Osceola contributed in several areas. She started in 20 of her 27 games and scored 116 points for an average of 4.3 per game. She led the team in assists with 90 and finished fourth in rebounds with 75, which included a team-high 66 on the defensive boards. She was second in 3-point percentage and tied for second in 3-pointers made with 29.

In three separate games, Osceola snagged her season high of seven rebounds. Other season highs included 13 points against Florida Tech and nine assists against Shaw.

NSU’s season was hampered by the loss of top scorer Kayla Wright to a season-ending injury five days after Christmas. Wright scored 33 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a conference showdown victory against Barry on Dec. 30, which turned out to be her final game of the season. NSU was three games above .500 at the time, but the Sharks went 6-10 the rest of the way without their star and finished with a 13-14 record.

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