MELBOURNE, Fla.- Lynn University's women's basketball team defeated Florida Tech (7-4, 0-1 SSC) on Saturday afternoon in the Clemente Center to open the Sunshine State Conference season. The Fighting Knights move to 6-1 overall and 1-0 in SSC play. Tylar Tracy led the Blue & White with 20 points, four assists and three rebounds while blocking two shots.
Florida Tech got on the board first with a three-point shot from Kayk Wilson but Zachara Bailey quickly tied the game when she answered with a bucket from just behind the arc. Lynn found itself in deficit early but the Fighting Knights were able to cut the deficit to eight points with 7:34 remaining after Isadora Madzarevic hit her second consecutive three-pointer. The Panthers, however, were able to hold off the Blue & White for a 15 point lead (50-35) at the buzzer.
Lynn shot 47.8 percent from the field in the opening half and was led by Tracy who had nine points and three assists. Florida Tech capitalized on turnovers by the Fighting Knights and Kayk Wilson led all scorers with 17 points shooting 5-for-7 from behind the arc.
The Fighting Knights opened the half on a 13-2 run cutting the deficit to seven. With 5:32 remaining in the game Lynn tied the game at 64-all and minutes later two successful shots from the charity stripe by Bailey gave the Blue & White its first lead since 17:51 in the first half. The lead changed multiple times in the final minutes but Lynn pulled out the victory with nine seconds left when Tracy netted a pair of free throws for the 72-71 win.
Tracy and Shatorria Baker each had 11 points in the second half while Madzarevic had a game-high six blocks, all in the last 20 minutes. Lynn shot 46.2 percent from the field and 90 percent from the charity stripe. Wilson had a team-high ten points for the Panthers en route to leading all scorers with 27 in the game.
The Blue & White had four players score in double digits in the SSC season opener. Lynn scored 24 points off the bench which helped to erase a 15-point halftime deficit.
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