Women’s Hoops Sees Tifani Blue in Victory

Lakeland, Fla. – A 10-0 run midway in the second half keyed Lynn University's women's basketball team to a 65-57 victory over Florida Southern Saturday night, giving the Fighting Knights their first victory at Jenkins Fieldhouse since 2010.  Kira Harvey led all scorers with 16 points while Tifani Kerrison chipped in 15 on 7-of-9 shooting off the bench.  Lynn improves to 13-6 overall and 6-3 in the Sunshine State Conference.
Florida Southern (8-11, 2-7 SSC) trailed by one entering the second half but was able to build a seven-point lead behind four points from Alexis Hochstetler.  Amanda Schultz countered with back-to-back layups and Tylar Tracy knotted the game at 34 with a three from well behind the arc.
Charla Nelson-James put LU back on top with two of her 12 points only to see Kirstin McIntyre square the contest at 36 seconds later.  Kerrison put Lynn ahead for good with a running jumper in the lane after taking a pass from Nelson-James atop the key, beginning a 10-0 run capped off by a Harvey jumper.
Morgan Lamberg tried to halt the Fighting Knights momentum but Harvey continued on the attack, draining a trey from the wing then taking a steal from Tracy to the hole and converting on a fast-break layup.
The Moccasins tried desperately to get back into the game as Tracy Fosterling connected on a pair of free-throws and then knocked down a three before McIntyre closed the gap to four, 55-51, with a mid-range jumper.
Nelson-James, though, spun around her defender in the paint for an easy lay-up and then Lynn hit six of seven attempts at the line to seal the victory.
In addition to leading the team in scoring, Harvey tallied a season-best seven assists.  Kerrison added a career-best five steals as Lynn forced 24 Florida Southern turnovers.
The Fighting Knights used 59.3 percent shooting in the second half to outlast the Mocs as they finished at 45.5 percent for the game.  They also knocked down 73.3 percent of their attempts at the charity stripe.  Florida Southern was held to 37.7 percent shooting.
Both teams struggled to find a rhythm in the opening period, combining for just four points through the five and a half minutes of play.  A flurry of scoring gave FSC a 10-9 lead but another scoring drought, just four points over the next five and a half minutes, kept the score low at 13-11.
Tracy opened up the offensive floodgates over the final five minutes of play with a three from atop the arc and helped LU take a 21-20 lead into the locker room. 
The Fighting Knights are back in action Wednesday, February 6, at 5:30 p.m. when they host Saint Leo.  Fans can watch the game live at LynnFightingKnights.com and receive in-game updates by following @LUKnights on Twitter and Instagram.