BOCA RATON, Fla. – After trailing for nearly the entire night, the Lynn University women's basketball team pulled within one point with 18 seconds to play on Wednesday night but was unable to catch Florida Southern College. The Fighting Knights featured five players scoring in double figures but the Mocs secured the Sunshine State Conference matchup, 73-68.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Florida Southern 73, Lynn 68
Records: Florida Southern (9-4, 5-1 SSC), Lynn (7-5, 2-4 SSC)
Location: de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center | Boca Raton, Fla.
All-time Series: FSC leads 28-14
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STATS OF THE GAME:
- Paola Vazquez Concepcion led the Fighting Knights' scoring effort for the fourth time in the past five games. The junior guard finished with 15 points (four three's) and swiped a game- and career-high-tying five steals.
- Mariah Penascino and Janay Williams followed up with 12 points apiece, with Jaylen Snipes tallying 11 and Brekia Henderson rounding out the quartet with 10.
- Williams hauled in a game-high nine boards for the near double-double and Penascino shot an efficient 6-of-8 from the field. Snipes finished with a game-high seven assists, marking her fifth straight game with at least five helpers.
- Points off turnovers played a critical role in the outcome as the Mocs' held a hefty 26-9 edge over the Fighting Knights.
- Lynn outshot Florida Southern from the field and from beyond the arc, but was just 3-of-10 at the charity stripe. The Mocs finished 17-of-18 at the foul line.
- The Mocs were led by an impressive 28-point performance out of Camille Giardina, who hit three triples and shot 7-of-7 at the free-throw line. She was averaging a team-high 13.8 points coming into the game.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Lynn had won three straight coming into the game, its longest streak since the beginning of the 2014-15 campaign.
- Vazquez Concepcion tallied 15 points and five steals for the second consecutive game. She has scored in double figures in five straight and has been the team's leading scorer six times this season.
- Snipes came into the game averaging 4.6 assists per game – the second best mark in the league – and topped her average tonight for the fifth straight outing.
- Neither team led by more than 10 points at any point throughout the night.
- Florida Southern, Eckerd and Nova Southeastern are the only teams in the league with five SSC wins so far on the season.
Lynn hits the road this weekend after being home for the past four games. The Fighting Knights will take on Embry-Riddle this Saturday, Jan. 7 at 5 p.m.