Zodiac Arrest: Women’s Hoops Knocks off Saint Leo

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University's women's basketball team took the season series against Saint Leo for the third consecutive year and eighth time overall with a 68-58 victory Wednesday night.  Kira Harvey led all scorers with 17 points while Shatorria Baker contributed with a career-best eight rebounds and seven assists.  The Fighting Knights improved to 14-6 overall and 7-3 in the Sunshine State Conference, separating themselves into the top-half of the league.

Tylar Tracy gave LU a 3-0 lead off the tip when she drained the first of her two threes on the evening from the right wing.  She finished with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting and added four boards and four dimes.  Keishara Green followed with a two and that would be as close as the Lions (10-10, 5-5 SSC) would get the remainder of the night

Charla Nelson-James dominated play despite running into foul trouble and only logging 16 minutes.  The sophomore post player was 5-for-5 in the first half with 10 points and six rebounds and finished the game perfect from the field for 12 points.  She connected on three consecutive baskets as the Blue & White went on a 12-1 run to build a 15-3 lead.

Former LU head coach Nikki Jessee called for an immediate timeout following a Tracy trey and the Lions were able to cut the deficit to seven but Tifani Kerrison and Harvey pushed the Fighting Knights back into a double-digit lead with baskets late in the half.  Amanda Schultz then added a basket as time expired to give Lynn a 36-20 lead at the break.

The high-point of the second half came when Tashina Bailey put the Fighting Knights up 54-35 with 8:48 remaining.  Saint Leo could not stop its opponent on the offensive end but did put up a fight on the defensive end to get back into the game.

Pushing a full-court press agenda, the Lions were able to go on a 12-2 run and cut its deficit to six, 60-54.  Too many fouls doomed SLU as Harvey was forced to the free-throw line eight times over the final 2:22 to put the game away.

Teresa Manigrasso, Saint Leo's leading scorer on the season, was held to a paltry four points on 1-for-12 shooting after being defended primarily by Harvey.  Chelsea Williams led the Lions with 14 points, mostly in the second half.

Kerrison logged 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting and is averaging over 10 points per game in her last five contests.

Lynn shot 49.1 percent overall, including 52.2 percent in the second half when it was outscored 38-32.  Saint Leo was held to 35 percent shooting on the night.

The Blue & White return to action on Saturday, February 9, at 2 p.m. when they travel to face the University of Tampa.  Fans can watch the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com and receive in-game updates by following @LUKnights on Twitter & Instagram.