BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University's women's basketball program won its conference home opener, 57-54, against Palm Beach Atlantic on Saturday afternoon, thanks to a pair of double-digit scoring performances and late clutch free-throws by Brekia Henderson. Senior Nina Guillaume led the Fighting Knights with 13 points, while Jaylen Snipes put up 10.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Lynn 57, Palm Beach Atlantic 54
Records: Lynn (3-1) (1-1 SSC), Palm Beach Atlantic (2-2) (0-2 SSC)
Location: de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center | Boca Raton, Fla.
Series: PBA leads 16-10 (last meeting Feb. 10, 2016)
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- First Quarter | PBA started the game on a 7-2 run after Lynns' Marta Oledzka opened the game with a jumper. Consecutive buckets from Janay Williams helped pull Lynn to a one-point deficit. The ladies took back the lead on a Henderson layup and wouldn't look back for the rest of the quarter. Shaunt'e Tucker led the squad with 7 points on 3-of-4 shooting. Going into the second, Lynn held a 15-11 advantage.
- Second Quarter | Both sides ended up trading baskets back and forth until a Mina Salhia layup gave PBA a 19-18 lead that sparked an 11-0 run from the Sailfish. The Blue & White would respond with a rally of their own off four quick points from Tucker and a Mahogany Hall layup to cut the Sailfish advantage to one. The visitors maintained the lead for the rest of the period and headed into the locker room leading 30-28.
- Third Quarter | Paola Vazquez Concepcion began the third frame on a tear, helping Lynn to go on an 8-0 spurt thanks to five points in two minutes. Like the second frame, both teams would trade buckets, this time Lynn kept the lead for the rest of the third thanks to scoring from Snipes, Guillaume and Henderson. With 44-seconds left in the quarter Snipes scored a layup after breaking the ankles of a Sailfish defender on an in-and-out move. The Blue & White went into the fourth ahead, 45-42.
- Fourth Quarter | Both sides could not make a field goal for the first three minutes of action until a Hannah Grim layup broke the lull to give Palm Beach Atlantic a 45-44 lead. Just 15-seconds later a Henderson three-pointer provided Lynn with a four-point cushion. Four quick points from Grim resulted in the first tie of the game since the 8:56 mark in the first quarter when the score was 2-2. The intensity picked up as Guillaume scored a layup to break the 48-48 draw. The lead ended up being short lived as a Jane Svilberg jumper 20-seconds later would tie up the game 50-50. A deadlock with 1:40 remaining was broken thanks to a Williams free-throw, giving the Blue & White a lead they held onto for the rest of the game. Guillaume jumped out of bounds after a missed free-throw to save the ball and forced PBA to foul Henderson. Henderson stepped up to the line and sank both foul shots, putting the game out of reach.
STATS FROM THE GAME:
- Guillaume led the squad with 13 points on 5-for-10 shooting while going 2-of-3 from three-point range. The Orlando, Fla., native also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and two blocks.
- Snipes ended the night with 10 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals.
- Henderson scored nine points, going a critical 4-of-6 from the foul line. The senior also brought down six rebounds, dished out three assists and notched a team-best three steals.
- Tucker provided the Fighting Knights with nine points on 4-of-6 shooting along with three rebounds and two blocks.
- Lynn held a 6-2 advantage in blocks, with Palm Beach Atlantic having the 38-36 edge in rebounds.
- The Fighting Knights shot 42.3% from the field while Palm Beach Atlantic was 36.7% on field goals.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Both teams made 22 total baskets and scored the same amount of points in the paint (28).
- For the third game in a row the Fighting Knights had all ten players see the court.
- With 10 points on the night Snipes tied her career-high.
- This match marks the first time Lynn has won a conference contest in November.
The Blue and White now embark on a two-game non-conference road trip, first traveling to Clark-Atlanta on Monday, Nov. 21, in Atlanta, Ga., with tipoff set for 6:00 p.m. Fans can keep up with the action at LynnFightingKnights.com.