Tars Prove Too Much for Women’s Basketball

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University's women's basketball received another outstanding individual scoring effort, this time from Kira Harvey, but couldn't slip past No. 11 Rollins on Wednesday night.  Harvey dropped a career-high 26 points on 11-for-20 shooting while Charla Nelson-James notched her seventh double-double of the year a game after recording her career-high for points.  The Fighting Knights drop to 7-7 overall and 2-2 in the Sunshine State Conference.

It was a back-and-forth affair through much of the first half as both team carried a hot hand to the hardwood.  There were five ties and five lead changes in the opening period.  

Rollins (12-1, 4-0 SSC) was able to jump out to a 15-8 advantage behind three Tars three-pointers but Lynn was able to even things up behind Nelson-James and Karolina Bazua, who combined for seven points in a 10-2 run which put the Knights on top 18-17.

Rollins regained the lead following Ashley Losche's jumper in traffic and a trey by Sarah Blackburn only to see the Blue & White battle back to even the game at 31-31.  A turnover near the end of the half resulted in the Tars taking a 33-31 lead into the break.  That mistake was quickly nullified in the opening seconds of the second half after Marquis Lee stole the inbounds pass and took it coast-to-coast for the lay-up.

That Tars, though, employed the full court zone press to force four turnovers.  The final turnover and basket made it a nine point, 52-43, Rollins advantage with 10:43 to play.  LaKendra Jones would get LU to within six, 54-48, off a pair of free-throws but Rollins' defense proved too much late in the contest.

Nelson-James finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks and Lee closed out play with nine points and a career-high eight assists.

Lynn shot 35.7 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 68.8 percent from the free-throw line compared to Rollins' 47.1/41.7/69.6 shooting line.  

The Fighting Knights return to the court on Saturday, January 14, at 2 p.m. when they host Florida Tech.  Fans can watch the game live at LynnFightingKnights.com by selecting the Game Central icon.