Columbia, S.C. – Lynn University's women's basketball team had one of its most successful season openers in program history, knocking off Coker College 90-74 on Saturday afternoon. Kira Harvey led all scorers with a career-best 26 points while Marquis Lee logged a career-high 21 in the winning effort. This is the second-highest scoring output for the Fighting Knights in a season opener and brings their all-time mark to 13-5 in the team's first game.
Coker had the magic touch from the opening tip-off, gaining a 29-10 advantage and hitting nearly 50% of its shots through the first 12 minutes of play. Four free-throws by Karolina Bazuaa, though, at the 8:29 mark, started a huge run by the Blue & White which not only cut the deficit to single digits but brought LU to within two heading into the locker room.
Harvey and Ashlee Ferguson led the charge back for LU with Harvey scoring 12 of her 14 first-half points in the final 8:29. Ferguson contributed five points on free-throws. Lee's two free-throw with 28 seconds remaining capped a 30-12 run and brought the game to 42-40 at the break.
Lynn carried its first half momentum into the second half, grabbing its first lead at 17:47 when Charla Nelson-James scored from four feet away from the basket to make it a 47-46 LU lead. That would be the last time Coker held the lead as the Blue & White pulled away immediately.
Lee improved on her 1-of-7 opening period to hit 4-of-5 shots from the field and 2-for-3 from the charity stripe. Ferguson also stepped up her game by knocking down 4-of-8 shots from the field, including 2-of-6 from beyond the arc.
Tylar Tracy gave the Knights their first double-digit advantage of the game, 68-57, with 9:26 remaining when she stroked a three-pointer from the right wing. The Blue & White kept their foot on the accelerator with their double-figure lead until the final whistle blew.
Nelson-James contributed six points and a team-high seven rebounds and four blocks. Lee added six boards, three assists and four steals while Ferguson closed out play with 16 points.
The Fighting Knights return to the hardwood on Monday, November 14, at 12 p.m. when they travel to Benedict College.