MIAMI, Fla.—Lynn University's women's basketball lost to theFlorida International University Golden Panthers 68-30 on Wednesday.
Karolina Bazua led Lynn (2-3) with 12 points on a four of five night from behind the arc while Charla Nelson-James posted a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with four points and three blocks.
FIU quickly jumped out to an early lead in the game and never looked back. The Panthers went up 11-0 before Marquis Lee made a layup to put the Knights on the board with 14:01 remaining in the first half.
With 08:45 to play in the first half, FIU went up 20 on Lynn before the Knights rallied late to cut the deficit down to 11.
The next possession after FIU collected a 20 point advantage, Nelson-James converted on a layup then Bazua connected on back-to-back threes to cap off an 8-0 Fighting Knights run with 05:56 on the clock.
Kira Harvey then hit a three with just under 02:00 minutes to play in the first half to make it an 11 point game at Lynn 15, FIU 26.
FIU's leading scorer, Jerica Coley, gave her Panthers a 14 point tilt after nailing a fall-away three as the shot clock expired with 00:35 on the first-half clock. Then with less than 00:01 second, the Knights committed a costly foul on a shot by Fanni Hutlassa. Hutlassa made both free throw attempts and FIU went into the locker room up 31-15.
In the first period, the Blue & Whtie was out-rebounded 24-13 with FIU collecting eight second chance points and 12 points in the paint to Lynn's four.
During the first 08:00 minutes of the second half, Lynn was out-scored 15-6 as FIU climbed its advantage to 25 with 12:05 left in regulation.
Bazua made two more threes in the second period to account for six of Lynn's 15 second-half points. The Knights just shot 22.2 percent from the field during the second period and lost the rebounding battle 23-15.
Defensively, Lynn held Coley, one of the nation's top scorers, to just 14 points on a five of 13 night from the field.
Tylar Tracy collected five points while Lee added four and Harvey contributed three.
Lynn starts Sunshine State Conference play in their next game on Saturday, December 3, at 2 p.m. in the friendly confines of the de Hoernle Center versus the Tampa Spartans. Live coverage can always be heard on the Fighting Knights Network starting just before tip-off.