Winter Park, Fla. – The month of February was extended by one day but Lynn University's women's basketball season fell short of extending its season following a 63-47 loss to No. 17 Rollins in the quarterfinals of the Sunshine State Conference Championship. Playing in her final game, senior Marquis Lee led all scorers with 21 points while adding six rebounds and three assists. The Fighting Knights close out the 2011-12 year 12-15 overall.
Five ties and four separate lead changes highlighted the first 14 minutes of play as neither team was willing to concede any ground in the third go-around between these two teams. The Blue & White grabbed 4-2 and 13-10 leads but Kourtnie Berry was there to answer each time. Berry threw-down a team-high 12 points for the Tars.
A Lee jumper with 6:37 remaining in the first half knotted the game at 18-18 but an 8-0 Rollins' run that followed helped the Tars start to pull away. Going up 33-20 with two minutes left, Charla Nelson-James and Lee scored the final four points of the period the pull LU to within nine, 33-24, heading into the break.
A Rollins turnover and blocked shot, coupled with baskets in five of the team's eight possessions pulled Lynn back into the game and decreased its deficit back to two points, 36-34. An 11-0 run by the Tars, though, pushed the Fighting Knights back down by double-digits, of which they could not recover.
Lee attempted to drag Lynn back into the contest with 4:28 remaining in her season with a jumper in the lane and an assist on a Kira Harvey basket but the Tars's Teresa McDaniel responded with three's in back-to-back possessions to secure the Rollins victory.
The Fighting Knights shot 30 percent from the field, 10 percent from three-point range and 71.4 percent from the charity stripe. On the flip side, Rollins knocked down 34.4 percent of its shots, 25.9 percent from beyond the arc and 58.3 percent from the line. In the previous two meetings the Tars averaged 10 treys a game while hitting seven in this match-up.
Lynn returns 11 letterwinners and four from this year's squad, including two of the team's top-three scorers Kira Harvey and Charla Nelson-James.