Women’s Hoops Narrowly Falls to No. 24 Shaw

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University's women's basketball team led by as many as eight points but couldn't hold on in a 75-70 loss to No. 24 Shaw on Thursday night.  Marquis Lee led the Fighting Knights with 20 points while Tylar Tracy had a career-high 12 points and six rebounds and Kira Harvey added 10 points and a personal-best eight assists.

Immediate baskets by Harvey and Tracy put LU on top 5-0 after just 39 seconds of play.  The Blue & White aggressiveness didn't end on theoffensive side with a block by Tracy and two more by Charla Nelson-James.

The first of eight first-half lead changes occurred at 15:04 when Shemieka Brown converted on an easy lay-up but Harvey answeredback with a trey from the left corner to put Lynn back on top 12-10.  Nelson-James gave the Fighting Knights a four-point advantage, 18-14, when she converted on one of two shots at the charity stripe.

Both teams went back-and-forth near the rim until Lee jumpstarted a 10-0 run with 4:48 remaining in the period to put the Fighting Knights in the driver's seat with a 33-25 lead.  The senior out of Haines City, Fla., closed out the run with a jumper in the lane.  A quick basket by Shaw's Kyria Buford closed the gap to six but Tracy immediately responded with a lay-up.  Lynn went to the locker room ahead 36-29.

Shaw (2-2) came out of the break a different team, forcing four turnovers on the first four LU possessions while going on an 8-0 of its own to take back the lead 37-36.  Aslea Williams scored three of her game-high points during the 3:14 span.

Once again the two teams battled under the rim.  A combined 62 points were scored in the paint.  But Lynn was not able to convert at the charity stripe.  The Fighting Knights hit just 42.9 percent of their shots, going 9-for-21 at the line.

The Bears were able to extend their own lead to eight points with 4:36 left to play only to see LU close the gap to three behind Marquis Lee.  Free-throws, though, proved to be the difference as Shaw hit 7-of-10 down the stretch compared to LU's 0-for-4.

As a team, the Blue & White shot 46.4 percent and held Shaw to 40 percent.  Nelson-James  contributed 11 rebounds, three blocks and two steals .

The Fighting Knights return to the hardwood on Wednesday, December 28, at 2 p.m. when they host Wisconsin Lutheran.  As always, fans can follow the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com by selecting the Game Central icon.