BOCA RATON, Fla.—Lynn University's women's basketball team put up a good fight to No. 13 Rollins College but came up a little short, falling 68-55 on Wednesday evening. Zachara Bailey put up 12 points while Sharneka McCatty had 11 points with one block and one steal.
The Fighting Knights (9-5, 2-2SSC) came out sluggish in the opening period, allowing the Tars (14-2, 4-0 SSC) to take an early 8-0 lead. Tylar Tracy put the first three points on the board for Lynn with a basket from downtown, cutting the deficit to 8-3. The Blue and White were put to the test by Rollins persistent defense but were able to hang tough with the 13th-ranked team in the country. Bailey led the Fighting Knights in the first half with six points while shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc. Lynn shot an impressive 41.7 percent from three-point range while holding the Tars to only 18.2 percent.
The Tars pulled ahead in the second half, but Lynn kept driving and was able to cut the lead to a mere four points, 38-34, after Bailey went straight to the basket on a fast break with a little more than 13 minutes to play. The layup gave the Fighting Knights e momentum, continuing on a 6-2 run. Although the Blue and White never gave up, they were unable to capitalize on turnovers.
Nina Guillaume notched eight points in the second half and forced two steals. The Fighting Knights outshot Rollins in the second half 34.8 percent to the Tars 32.1 percent. Lynn also held the advantage from the charity stripe shooting 78.9 percent to Rollins 74.1 percent in the last period.
The Blue and White hit the road to this weekend, traveling to Tampa to face the Spartans on Saturday, January 18, in another Sunshine State Conference match-up. Make sure to log on to LynnFightingKnights.com to watch the game live. Don't forget to follow @LUKnights on Twitter, Instagram and Vine for in-game updates all season long.