Second-Half Surge Propels Women’s Hoops to Victory

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University's women's basketball team broke free of a poor shooting first half to come out of the gates firing in the second, topping Wisconsin Lutheran 60-54 in the final game before the bulk of Sunshine State Conference play begins.  Karolina Bazua recorded a game-high 12 points and four assists off the bench to spark the comeback while Charla Nelson-James logged her fifth double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds.  Lynn improves to 6-4 overall.

The Fighting Knights were miserable from the field in the opening 20 minutes of play, shooting a mere 23.1 percent while committing 10 turnovers.  Wisconsin Lutheran (6-3) was able to hit key shots and convert at the free-throw line to build a 23-17 halftime lead.

Warrior's leading scorer, Krissy Day, made it a 10-point WLC advantage at the first media timeout of the second half after draining the first of two three-pointers on the day.  Following the break in action, LU went on a 15-5 run highlighted by five points from Marquis Lee and a staunch defense which blocked four shots.

With the game knotted a 37, the two teams battled it out for momentum.  Lynn could not gain an edge as with each basket scored, the Wisconsin Lutheran would answer.  Finally, with 4:30 on the clock, Tashina Bailey spun around her defender in the paint for an eye-popping lay-up and Bazua then knocked down a three from the right wing to put the Knights up 48-44.

Those five points were the first in a 13-4 run which saw the Blue & White run down the Warriors in a full court press to build its lead to 58-48.  Consecutive threes by Day and Rachel Hoft cut the deficit to four, 58-54, but Bazua iced the contest with a pair of shots at the charity stripe with time winding down.

Lynn shot 54.8 percent in the second half and finished at 40.4 percent for the game.  The Knights held Wisconsin Lutheran to 29.4 percent from the field in the second period and 31.7 overall.

Nelson-James logged her seventh straight double-digit rebounding game while recording a career-high five blocks.  Kira Harvey added 11 points, two blocks and four rebounds and Marquis Lee chipped in 10 points and four boards.

The Blue & White return to the hardwood on Saturday, December 31, at 2 p.m. when they travel to Saint Leo.  This will be 34th meeting between the two schools as Lynn will be looking for its 24th victory all-time against the Lions, tied for most against any one opponent in school history.

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