Women’s Hoops Falls at Home to Sharks

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University's road to earning a home court game in the Sunshine State Conference Women's Basketball Championship got a little tougher following a 66-56 loss to Nova Southeastern Wednesday night.  Marquis Lee led all scorers with 19points in her final regular season home game while Charla Nelson-James had a game-high 11 rebounds.  The Fighting Knights drop to 12-13 overall and 7-8 in the SSC.

A victory for the Blue & White, coupled with a victory over Eckerd on Saturday, would have secured the No. 4 seed in the SSC Tournament and given LU a home game.  Lynn must now get a little help to receive the home court advantage.

Nova Southeastern (16-9, 8-7 SSC) came out of the gates running up and down the court as the Fighting Knights had trouble adapting to thepace of play.  The Sharks built up an 11-point, 26-15, advantage but Tylar Tracy brought LU back to within seven following a pair of three-pointers.  Tracy scored 11 points in the game.

Lynn closed the gap to one, 30-29, a minute before the buzzer after Nelson-James put back an attempt by LaKendra Jones.  But NSU used a 5-0 run to give the Sharks a 35-26 lead at the break.

Kira Harvey brought the Blue & White back to within two, 38-36, with four points off free-throws and a baseline jumper but Nova Southeastern was able to build back its lead with shots at the charity stripe.  Foul trouble kept Lynn from being too aggressive on the defensive end and the Sharks were able to capitalize with some easybaskets to go ahead by double-digits.

Lynn shot 30.9 percent from the field, 25 percent from three-point range and 65.5 percent from the free-throw line.  Conversely, NSU shot 41.2 percent from the hardwood, 15.8 percent from downtown and 80.8 percent from the line. 

The Fighting Knights return to action on Saturday, February 25, at 2 p.m. when they travel to St. Petersburg, Fla., to battle Eckerd College.  Fans can follow the game live at LynnFightingKnights.com by selecting the Game Central icon.