VALDOSTA, GA. – Lynn University's women's basketball team snapped a three game win streak, falling to Valdosta State in a nail-biting match up 58-56 on Sunday afternoon. Sharneka McCatty noted her second double-double of the weekend and third of the year, scoring a remarkable 18 point with 10 rebounds and going eight-of-nine from the free throw line. Zachara Bailey helped with the attack, adding an additional 13 points.
The first half featured fancy footwork and dribbling by the Fighting Knights (7-2) while the Lady Blazers kept the fans on their feet by taking shots from long range. April Thomas of Valdosta (6-2) led all scorers in the opening period with 19 points and going five-of-eight from beyond the arc. Tylar Tracy headed the offensive for the Blue and White with nine point and two steals. McCatty chipped in with five points, four boards and two steals. Valdosta's defense was able to shut down Lynn on the press, only allowing LU to shot 28 percent from the field while the Lady Blazers shot 35 percent, leaving them trailing heading into the second period.
LU came out strong in the final 20 minutes of play, being the first to put a score on the board and cutting the deficit to six points within the first five minutes. Lynn, applying high pressure, kept Valdosta on their toes forcing them to make seven turnovers and giving The Fighting Knights hope to still make a comeback.
Though The Blue and White trailed for the entire second half, in the last minute of the game they were able to cut the deficit to a mere three points. With 16 seconds remaining, McCatty got the ball on a fast break, making a layup while drawing a foul, sending her to shoot a free throw. Putting down the free throw with ease, the lead was cut to one point trailing 55-54. A costly turnover in back court on the following play would allow the Lady Blazers to hold the ball till the clock ran out, claiming the game.
Lynn shot 32.7 percent from the field while Valdosta shot 33.9 percent. Both teams shot about the same from the charity stripe, LU shooting 68.2 percent and Valdoasta at 68.8 percent. The Lady Blazers held the advantage in shots from three-point range, outshooting the Fighting Knights 25-to-21.7 percent.
The Fighting Knights have a few day off before returning to the court on New Year's eve to host South Dakota School of Mines at 2pm. Fans can watch the game live at LynnFightingKnights.com and receive in-game updates by following @LUKnights on Twitter, Instagram and Vine.