BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University's women's basketball team overcame a sluggish start to dominate Puerto Rico-Bayamon 67-48 on Sunday afternoon. Zachara Bailey led all scorers with 16 points while Sharneka McCatty came off the bench for 10 points, four rebounds and three steals.
The Fighting Knights trailed by as many as 15 points in the opening half but never gave up in their pursuit of moving to 4-0 on the season. Puerto Rico Bayamon (0-2) had the hot hand to start the game, going 5-of-7 from three-point range while shooting 65 percent from the field in taking a 28-13 lead.
Lynn, though, would close the half with an 18-0 run, highlighted by all of Bailey's 12 first-half points. The sophomore guard knocked down a pair of three-pointers and then gave the Blue & White a 29-28 lead with two shots at the free-throw line.
Shatorria Baker capped off the period when she stole the inbound pass from Bayamon and heaved a half-court shot with four seconds to play. Baker was able to grab her own rebound and lay-in a shot as time expired to send Lynn to the locker room leading 31-28.
The Cowgirls snapped their eight minute scoring drought with a three-pointer by Jamillete Quinoes seconds into the half and the two teams exchanged baskets and the lead four times over the next 10 minutes.
McCatty and Nina Guillaume broke the monotony of back-and-forth play by combining on 20 of the team's final 22 points as the Fighting Knights ended the game on a 22-3 run. Guilluame, 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting, connected on a pair of shots from downtown and McCatty, 5-for-9 from the field, provided some toughness in the paint.
Lynn shot 41.9 percent from the field and held Puerto Rico to 33.3 percent shooting overall, including 25 percent in the second half. Additionally, LU outrebounded UPR 38-33 and forced 21 turnovers. Charla Nelson-James just missed out on a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds while also contributing three blocks.
The Fighting Knights are back in action on Saturday, November 30, at 2 p.m. when they host Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras. Fans can watch the game live at LynnFightingKnights.com and receive in-game updates by following @LUKnights on Twitter, Instagram and Vine.