TAMPA, Fla.- Lynn University's women's basketball team fell to the University of Tampa Spartans 77-52 in Saturday afternoons Sunshine State Conference match-up. The Fighting Knights moved to 9-6 on the season and 2-3 in SSC play. Shatorria Baker led Lynn with 14 points, shooting 6-of-9 from the field. Tylar Tracy notched an additional 10 points.
The Fighting Knights raced out to an early 5-11 lead headed by Tylar Tracy hitting a three pointer in the opening minutes of the game. Tampa (10-5,4-2 SSC) would answer back with a five point run and hold the lead for the remainder of the first period, putting some pressure on the Blue and White before heading into the locker room. Baker and Zachara Bailey each notched seven points in the first half while Tracy and Sharneka McCatty chipped in with six points apiece. Lynn shot an impressive 71.4 percent from three point range whereas Tampa held the advantage at shots from the field, outshooting LU 50 percent to 36.7 percent.
Lynn continued to press in the second half, but couldn't shut down UT's shooters, Juliana Cavallaro, who scored 20 points, and Ellen Nurmi who put up 17. The Blue and White was unable to make baskets, shooting only 24.1 percent from the field allowing Tampa to claim the game.
The Blue and White will be back in action on Wednesday, January 22, when they travel to Miami Shores, Fla. to take on rival Barry at 5:30 p.m. Fans can listen to the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com and receive in-game updates by following @LUKnights on Twitter, Instagram and Vine.