BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Lynn University women's basketball team used balanced scoring from four different players to down the Florida Tech Panthers, 71-61, in the de Hoernle Sports & Cultural Center on Friday night, riding a three-game winning streak.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Lynn 71 , Florida Tech 61
Records: Lynn (7-4, 2-3 SSC), Florida Tech (6-5, 2-4 SSC)
Location: De Hoernle Sports & Cultural Center | Boca Raton, Fla.
All-time Series: Florida Tech leads the series, 29-15 (last met in 2016)
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- First Quarter | The Fighting Knights came out running, as Marta Oldezka recorded a three-point play at the free throw line to help Lynn score the first five points of the game. Florida Tech would make two straight baskets to make it 5-4 before the leading scorer, Paola Vazquez Concepcion, put the home team up 8-4. The Panthers called a time out, and immediately cut the score with a three of their own to make it 8-7 with just over four minutes left in the quarter. From there the lead changed three times until the clock hit zero.
- Second Quarter | Lynn doubled up the Panthers in points the first five minutes of the second quarter, 8-4, largely in part to hard-nosed paint play on both ends of the court. Oledzka made key baskets on feeds down low, and Mahogany Hall made two stops on the defensive end by sacrificing her body in the lane for charge calls that gave possession back to the Blue and White. Florida Tech responded by forcing turnovers and going on a 7-0 run to make the second quarter close. The Fighting Knights hit the locker room after giving up a last second three-pointer to the Panthers, but led the contest at half, 29-28.
- Third Quarter | Vazquez Concepcion hit the first three point attempt of the half in hopes to light a fire under the Blue and White offense, then Shaunt'e Tucker did her part recording two traditional three point plays after getting an offensive rebound and put back. This explosive offense on the floor paved the way for the Fighting Knights in a 12-4 run as they led the Panthers 41-32 with 6:07 left in the period. Back-to-back three's from Mariah Penascino and Brekia Henderson was cause enough for a Florida Tech time out as the home team built a 46-34 lead, their first double-digit margin of the night. Both teams cooled off, scoring nine combined points in the final 5:23 of the period.
- Fourth Quarter | The Panthers scored first, but both squads kept the scoring margin around the 10-point mark. Oledzka put in a basket to put her in double-digits and Henderson recorded her second three-pointer of the night to keep Florida Tech at bay. The visiting team made a run at the end of the game, getting within five to make the game close at the end. The Fighting Knights learned from previous mistakes, avoided collapse by limiting turnovers and hitting free throws and held on for their seventh victory of the season.
STATS OF THE GAME:
- Four Fighting Knights recorded points in the first half, led by Vazquez Concepcion with nine.
- The previous trend continued, as four different players flirted with double-doubles, all falling short, but all scoring in double digits, led by Vazquez Concepcion's 15 (Oledzka, Henderson and Tucker each scored 11).
- Janay Williams came into the game leading the team in rebounds per game, and she continued that tonight as she was dominant on the glass with 13 rebounds.
- Vazquez and Henderson not only put the ball through the cylinder, but made their presence felt on the defensive end, recording eight combined steals between the two (five for Vazquez Concepcion, three for Henderson).
- Lynn doubled Florida Tech's score in the third quarter, 22-11, on 47.1% shooting, while holding the Panthers to 30% from the field.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- In the next contest against Florida Southern, Julia Huddleston and the Fighting Knights will be looking to double last season's win total, from four to eight.
- Tucker recorded two and-1 opportunities in the third quarter, three overall in the game.
- Seven of nine players on the roster who dressed out scored at least seven points in the contest.
Lynn University will host their fourth consecutive home game, Jan. 4, against SSC-foe Florida Southern with tip-off set for 5:30 p.m.