Women’s Hoops Sweeps Season Series against FIT

Melbourne, Fla. – A career offensive night from Tylar Tracy and superb team defensive effort helped Lynn University's women's basketball team to a 64-59 victory over Florida Tech on Saturday.  This marks the first time in program history the Fighting Knights have swept the regular season series against the Panthers.  Lynn improves to 12-10 overall and 7-5 in the Sunshine State Conference.

Tracy scored a career-high 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting, including a personal-best 4-for-9 from three-point range.  The Blue & White defense held FIT to 33.3 percent shooting from the field, forced 15 turnovers and recorded eight steals and five blocks while winning the battle on the boards 40-38.

Facing a rowdy crowd on the road, Lynn found itself down by as many as 16 points during the first half.  But with 6:42 remaining in the period, the Fighting Knights went on a 16-4 run to close the gap to four, 27-23, heading into the locker room.  Five different players scored for LU with Kira Harvey leading the pack with six points.

Florida Tech (15-8, 6-7 SSC) was able to build its lead back up to seven, 34-27, minutes into the second period but Lynn didn't back down as Karolina Bazua answered with a three.  Minutes later Marquis Lee knotted the game at 36 with a lay-up through traffic.

Lynn turned on its offense with Tracy taking charge.  The freshman guard knocked down back-to-back threes during a 12-1 run which saw the Blue & White go ahead 48-37 with 11:17 to play.

The Panthers battled back to even the game and the two squadsmatched each other basket for basket with neither team willing to give in.  Tracy's fourth trey of the contest put Lynn up 55-53 with under three minutes remaining.

Free-throw shooting proved to be the difference for the Blue & White.  After going 2-for-9 from the line earlier in the game, Florida Tech decided to put its fate in Lynn's ability to make it's free-throws.  And boy did LU respond, going 7-for-7 at the charity stripe down the stretch to pull away for big road victory.

For the game, Lynn shot 44.6 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from downtown and 56.7 percent from the line.  Harvey closed out with 14 points and three steals, Lee contributed 12 points, six rebounds, five assists and two swipes and Charla Nelson-James added nine points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots.

The Fighting Knights next travel to Winter Park, Fla., to take on Rollins College on Wednesday, February 15.  Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m.  Fans can follow the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com by selecting the Game Central icon.