BOCA RATON, Fla.-Lynn University's women's basketball team defeated Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras 61-52 on Saturday afternoon, improving their record to 5-1 on the season. Sharneka McCatty ran the offense for the Fighting Knights for her first double-double of the season with an impressive 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Both teams started sluggish, going four minutes without a score on the board.
After a timeout, Lynn quickly turned the game around going on a six point run, taking an early 6-1 lead. The Fighting Knights gained momentum after a pair of three-pointer, by Izidora Madzdarevic and Tylar Tracy. Lynn then went on yet another run, this time with 12 unanswered points, to end the first period with a comfortable 39-10 lead. The Blue and White shot 34.4 percent from the field in the first half while holding the Jerzanas (0-3) to a mere 14.3 percent.
Heading into the second half with a 29 point advantage, the Fighting Knights continued to dominate with two quick buckets off the whistle. Lynn maintained a steady lead but UPR-Rio Piedras would not throw in the towel easily, cutting the deficit to nine points in the final minute of the game. The Jarzanas were led by Roxyakiz Munoz who scored 21 points, 20 of which were in the second half. Although UPR forced 22 turnovers in the second half, it was the Fighting Knight who came out victorious defeating the Jerzanas.
Nina Guillaume and Tifani Kerrison both notched nine points in the victory. Additionally, LU scored a staggering 40 points off the bench while shooting a striking 70.8 percent from the free throw line.
The Fighting Knights look to keep the momentum rolling for their first conference match when they travel to Melbourne, Fla. to take on Florida Tech December 7, at 2pm. Fans can watch to the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com and receive in-game updates by following @LUKnights on Twitter, Instagram and Vine.