BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Lynn University women's basketball team downed the Benedict College Tigers Sunday afternoon in the finale of the annual Boca Raton Holiday Classic, 65-57. This is the second two-game winning streak of the 2016-17 season, and the Fighting Knights look to ride the streak as we head into the holiday break.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Lynn 65, Benedict 57
Records: Benedict (6-7, 0-0 SIAC), Lynn (6-4, 1-3 SSC)
Location: De Hoernle Sports & Cultural Center | Boca Raton, Fla.
All-time Series: Lynn leads the series, 4-2 (last met in 2015)
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- First Quarter | From the tip, this matchup seemed to be determined by each team's defensive intensity with just six points scored between the two squads in the first six minutes of the game. Benedict created separation with an 8-2 run to lead the Fighting Knights 12-4 with 55 seconds to go in the quarter. Shaunt'e Tucker and Brekia Henderson closed the gap in the final seconds with a basket plus a made foul shot to make it 12-7, Tigers.
- Second Quarter | It looked like defense would be the name of the game once again as both teams put up a combined six points in the first 4:20 in the second quarter of action, but junior Paola Vazquez Concepcion recorded the first five points of her afternoon to ignite the Blue and White offense. Both squads trade baskets the rest of the way, and the quarter ends with Benedict hitting a free throw with .5 seconds to play, and that was good enough to hold a 23-22 lead at half. The Fighting Knights led the quarter 15-11 after trailing 12-7 in the first.
- Third Quarter | A new half, a new start to a quarter, as each team scored with each other, 7-7, but the Fighting Knights went on to execute a 14-2 run putting the score 43-32 with 2:38 to go in the third. Benedict responded with a 6-0 run of their own, cutting it to 43-38 before both teams finished with a pair of three pointer's. We headed into the final quarter of action in Boca Raton with the home team leading 46-41.
- Fourth Quarter | The offense continued from the third to the fourth, with both teams trading back-to-back baskets. The Tigers were able to claw back to within five, 57-52, but Jaylen Snipes hit her second three pointer of the game to create the separation and eliminate any momentum Benedict was able to build. Lynn went on to defeat the visiting squad, 65-57.
STATS OF THE GAME:
- Brekia Henderson led the team with 13 points, while adding six assists and three steals.
- Vazquez Concepcion was the only other member from Lynn to score in double digits, with 10, to go along with one assist and two steals.
- Janay Williams led the squad with nine rebounds, flirting with a double-double after scoring six points.
- Each member of the Blue and White made a basket in today's action, contributing at least three points apiece.
- Five members from the home team recorded at least one steal.
- The Fighting Knights excelled in spreading the wealth on offense, more than doubling the number of assists that Benedict recorded (18-8).
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Williams earned her third start of the season after a solid performance against Miles in their opening game of the Boca Raton Holiday Classic.
- The powerful duo of Henderson and Vazquez Concepcion were the only two Fighting Knights in double-digit scoring for the second straight game.
- Win number six of the year for the Blue and White came against the 2016 NCAA South Regional Finalists.
- The Blue and White went in with a goal of slowing down Destiny Botts, who managed 30 points and 32 rebounds (a season-high throughout all NCAA divisions) the previous night, and managed to limit the Tiger forward to 12 points and nine rebounds.
The Fighting Knights will return to action after the holiday break, Dec. 30, playing host to SSC-foe Florida Tech with tip-off set for 5:30 p.m.