BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University's women's basketball team withstood a late charge by Florida Tech but came away with the 57-53 victory on Saturday afternoon. Four Fighting Knights scored in double-figures led by Tylar Tracy and Isidora Madzarevic with 12 points each. This marks the third consecutive year Lynn has taken the season series against Florida Tech as it improves to 11-8 overall and 4-5 in the Sunshine State Conference.
The Blue & White's suffocating defense held the Panthers (13-8, 4-5 SSC) to a mere 29 percent shooting from the field, including a measly 22.2 percent from three-point range. On the flip side, Lynn shot 36.5 percent from the hardwood and 77.8 percent at the free-throw line.
Leading through nearly the entire game, the Panthers grabbed its first lead since the opening minutes, 34-33, off a Kayk Wilson tip-in. Zachara Bailey responded immediately with a layup through traffic off an assist by Tracy. Lynn would go on an 8-1 run to build a nine-point 44-35 lead.
Down by double-digits, Florida Tech employed a fouling strategy followed by a barrage of threes. The strategy worked as the Panthers cut the lead to three, 56-53, with 19 seconds to play. A miss at the charity stripe by Wilson gave FIT a chance to knot things up but a block by Shatorria Baker off a Morgan Steinert three-point attempt sealed the victory.
Minus a few bumps, the Fighting Knights were in charge for much of the first half. Both Florida Tech and Lynn went back and forth within the opening minutes with two ties and two lead changes but a three-pointer by Tyler Tracy put Lynn on top 5-4 and kept them ahead until the break.
Steinert cut the Panthers' deficit to 9-6 with 14:54 remaining only to see the Blue & White go on an 8-0 run, courtesy of two long-range shots from Baker, to put themselves on top 17-6. A seven-minute scoring drought hurt Lynn little as the team's defense kept Florida Tech at bay.
Tracy's trey from the right wing snapped her team out of its scoring funk and put the Fighting Knights ahead 22-17. The junior guard would hit one more near the end of the half to finish with nine first-half points. Lynn would then head into the locker room leading 29-22.
The Blue & White return to the hardwood on Saturday, February 8, at 5:30 p.m. when they travel to Lakeland, Fla., to battle Florida Southern. Fans can watch the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com and receive in-game updates by following @LUKnights on Twitter, Instagram and Vine.